Swansea’s Next Skipper

Swansea’s Next Skipper
Aug 10, 2016

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With Ashley Williams departing Swansea after 8 years to Everton, the time has come to select his replacement as a man more than a player. The Wales captain replaced Garry Monk as skipper at the start of the 2013/14 season in which Monk was appointed manager and subsequently retired.

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But Williams had been a leader for much longer, after a successful loan period in the 2007/08 season in which Swansea dominated League 1 to win promotion to the Championship, Williams was signed permanently and became part of the Swansea backline that remained the same throughout Swansea’s stay in the Championship alongside club legends Alan Tate, Angel Rangel and the aforementioned Monk. He moves on with much heartbreak but equal amounts of love, leaving the club to ponder who should succeed him as captain. Here I talk through the candidates

 

Leon Britton

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Swansea’s longest serving player and current vice captain, Leon is several fans’ favourite as a replacement for Williams. His experience through every division is a useful boon and he understands what it means to play for Swansea better than most. However, he is not guaranteed a starting position in Swansea’s midfield and is coming towards the end of his career. Perhaps it’s time to start a new era and give the armband to someone younger to bring this new era forward

 

Angel Rangel

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Another current vice captain, the Spaniard was Swansea’s first choice right back last year and last week signed a new contract which would see him celebrate his 11th season in South Wales. The full back is already key in integrating the Spanish-speaking players to Welsh culture and has a great influence on the team due to his experience and charisma. However, the contract extension is likely to be his last and with Kyle Naughton’s preseason form, perhaps his position is now under threat.

 

Jack Cork

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The son of Swansea’s former manager; Alan Cork, Jack Cork was statistically England’s best defensive midfielder according to WhoScored last season. The midfielder is likely to be Swansea’s first choice midfielder and captained Swansea during the late stages of last season including an impressive win against Liverpool and a thumping team performance in the 4-1 away win against West Ham in which his partnership with Ki Sung-Yueng was particularly outstanding. The midfielder is many people’s choice to succeed the armband.

 

Gylfi Sigurdsson

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The Icelandic ace is Swansea’s best player and – having recently signed a new contract – is a clear believer in Swansea’s project. He is well-loved by the Swansea faithful and is likely to start most of Swansea’s games this season. If Swansea are to move forward into a new era, Sigurdsson is sure to be the player around whom the team is built and to give him the armband would confirm how important he is to the team and may convince him to stay for the long term.

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