- Maurizio Sarri set to decide on Chelsea’s new full-time captain.
- We consider four options to replace Gary Cahill as skipper.
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Maurizio Sarri has revealed that he will decide on Chelsea’s new full-time captain during the upcoming international break.
The Italian is quoted by Football London saying:
“Nothing is decided at the moment, I want to decide during the international break for the final one.”
Gary Cahill has worn the armband since John Terry’s departure, but the Englishman has an uphill battle to break into Maurizio Sarri’s matchday squad, let alone the starting eleven.
As Sarri looks forward to a prosperous future at Stamford Bridge, he must decide on the player who’ll be leading the Blues’ charge on the pitch.
We’ve considered four potential contenders for the position, and the arguments for and against them being handed the armband.
Cesar Azpilicueta has captained Chelsea during all of our opening Premier League fixtures – all of which we’ve won.
The Spaniard is one of the longest-serving members of our first-team squad, having signed following our Champions League triumph in 2012.
Azpilicueta has been one of our most consistent performers throughout recent successes. He is the most obvious pick for the next permanent captain.
David Luiz is a natural leader. His determination and commitment is unquestionable, even if his defending is rather suspect.
Having been brought back into the picture by Sarri this season, Luiz will no doubt be in the running to be appointed captain, but there is an obvious argument against him being given the responsibility – his age.
Cahill has proven to be a short-term appointment. There’d be little point in replicating what has proven to be a failure. At 31-years-old, Luiz could be considered too old to be captain.
A former Arsenal captain wearing the armband for Chelsea? That’d be bizarre, but there’s a good reason why Fabregas was made Gunners skipper by Arsene Wenger at just 21-years-old.
He, like Luiz, possesses natural leadership abilities, but his age may also work against him – he too is 31. It’s also worth noting that he is no longer a sure starter for Chelsea, and hasn’t been since 2016.
Would we appoint a captain only for him to sit on the bench? It’s unlikely.
Eden Hazard captained Belgium to the World Cup semi-finals – is he the man to lead Chelsea going forward?
The Daily Mail reported in July that he was in contention to replace Cahill. It was mentioned in the report that there is a belief giving him the armband could convince him to stay long-term.
It’s unclear how much truth there is to that, but Hazard has grown into the role as Belgium captain, we’d fancy him to do the same at Chelsea.
Being a leader isn’t always about being the most vocal, you have to drag your team through difficult moments. He has done continually throughout this six-years as a Blue.
Who would you like to see be named Chelsea captain, Blues? Let us know what you think in the comments section!