Chelsea announce that Mauricio Pochettino would start as captain against Manchester United as the “next John Terry.”
Chelsea has announced that Levi Colwill, a defender, will lead the team on Wednesday night at Old Trafford against Manchester United. It follows uncertainty over who will wear the armband in the event of a close draw between the two sides.
Although Reece James was named the new club captain earlier this year, he has hardly used that position thus far this season due to injury concerns. He has assumed that role since his return from injury, but his recent red card against Newcastle has raised concerns.
As his replacement, Conor Gallagher was named captain, but he too received a red card, meaning Pochettino had lost two captains in as many games. This has raised some concerns about whether the west London team, who also have the most yellow cards in the Premier League, has a discipline issue.
Many believed that when his team played Man United on Wednesday, James, who had served a one-game suspension, would switch back to right-back and assume leadership. However, Pochettino sought to shield the England international from more injuries, and as a result, he was only named on the bench.
Gallagher’s suspension meant that a crucial choice had to be made regarding who would wear the armband. Raheem Sterling was supposed to play the position in the first Chelsea lineup diagram, but it was later established that Colwill would play it.
Ever since returning from his season-long loan at Brighton, where he left a strong impression, the academy graduate has looked impressive at centre back. Comments that he might be the “next John Terry” had started to surface, citing his skill set and career progression as reasons.
After that, Colwill joined Chelsea and assumed Terry’s number 26, and his latest appointment as captain just makes him one step closer to matching the legendary defender’s accomplishments. Although it is unclear how he would approach that duty, it is obvious that he already possesses the qualities of a leader.