Last season, Harry Kewell arrived at the club formerly known as Melbourne Heart and was given the captain’s armband without playing a minute in the red and white. It is fair to say the season did not go to plan not only for the team, but also for Harry. He was merely able to feature in 16 games for the club and only seven for 90 minutes. This allowed Rob Wielaert, another acquisition that season, to take charge for several matches. With the lack of stability in terms of captaincy during the club’s worst season, there’s no doubt that a consistent leader is required for the 2014-15 season and beyond in what will be an exciting future for Melbourne City.
So, who should be given the responsibility of being captain for our club? Well, here’s the candidates.
As mentioned above, the dutchman filled in for Kewell due to his experience at the highest level in Holland. He provides the organisation in the defense and can now be given the responsibility of first-choice captain. However, the former Ajax centre back is currently 35-years-old and will be 36 by the season’s end. With retirement on the horizon for the number 3, he, like Harry, will not supply the stability for the next few years ahead which could once again cause similar problems to what happened following Fred and Kewell’s departures.
Who can forget Paddy’s last ditch tackle on Besart Berisha in the dying minutes against the Roar? It signified just what you’d love to see from your club’s captain. The former Leeds United defender became a fan favourite due to his grit and determination in the red and white jersey. As opposed to Wielaert’s role as the organiser, Kisnorbo is almost the enforcer of the pair. Not many people will argue against a decision that would see Paddy K handed the armband.
‘Mighty Mass’ featured in every game last season. Standing at just 5 foot 5, the former Brisbane Roar midfielder never stopped running it seemed. Although not the most technically gifted or creative player, Murdocca showed plenty of heart (no pun intended) when he was on the pitch. Despite suffering a horrid season, he continued to display his determination as he was always at the heart of the action (once again, no pun intended) as he chased down every ball to make an impact.
Yes, I know, he hasn’t signed yet but it’s quite clear that the official signing is not far away. And it may be disappointing to see another new signing be awarded captaincy right away but Robert Koren would be the right man for the job. The former Slovenian international already has the experience of being captain at the highest level as he led Hull City to remain in the Premier League just after being promoted. Koren may be the solution to our past captaincy worries.
Who do you think should be the next captain?