Chelsea is having a big change in personnel. The departure of Cesar Azpilicueta leaves the captaincy to be resolved with the new head coach Mauricio Pochettino. The Spanish defender has 11 years with the blue shirt The Blues.
The London team needs to re-plan the leadership team. Chelsea must look for replacements after the departures of the pillars Azpilicueta, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic. Goal has listed prominent candidates to replace Azpilicueta’s captain role.
5 – Enzo Fernandez
The Argentinian midfielder arrived at Chelsea with a record contract in January. Despite having little time to get acquainted, Fernandez quickly integrated, proving his worth. Sharing with the press, the 22-year-old star said:
“I have always dreamed of becoming a leader. The reason is because when I start putting on my shoes, I want to be seen as an example for my teammates to follow.”
Commenting on the student, coach Pochettino said: “Enzo is on the way to becoming a leader. However, he just turned 22. I think it’s too early for us to talk about that. Enzo has to find his own way.”
4 – Ben Chilwell
Chilwell became a bright candidate for the Chelsea captaincy. The English defender landed at The Blues in 2020. Chilwell is a member of The Blues who won the Champions League under coach Thomas Tuchel.
The fierce fighting spirit, open personality, and warmth where Chilwell received high appreciation from his teammates. The big limitation of the Three Lions player when he is often sidelined by injury.
3 – Kepa Arrizabalaga
Kepa has a good performance in the 2022/2023 season. The Spaniard became the first choice in the position of the Chelsea wooden frame. In the context of the London team having a bad record, Kepa brought the necessary peace of mind in the defense system of The Blues.
Edouard Mendy’s departure from Chelsea invisibly strengthens Kepa’s position. According to Goal, coach Mauricio Pochettino believes and plans to give Kepa the main starting position.
Despite the noise in the past, the 28-year-old goalkeeper has emerged as a strong candidate for the Chelsea captaincy.
2 – Reece James
James came up, matured from the Chelsea youth academy. The Three Lions player has 17 years with the blue shirt of the London team. More than anyone else, he understands the culture, identity, and traditions of the home team.
The 23-year-old star plays a pivotal role in the Chelsea defense system. James is a member of the Blues that won the Champions League under coach Thomas Tuchel.
Sharing with The Athletic in 2021, the father revealed that James had a dream to wear the captain’s armband: “My most emotional moment was the day James wore the Chelsea captain’s armband. That was his ambition. and me. We hope that when people think of Chelsea, people will immediately think of Reece James.”
1 – Thiago Silva
Silva is the strongest candidate for the Chelsea captaincy at the moment. At the age of 38, the Brazilian midfielder delivers a level display every week. Silva possesses rich combat experience when he has been through the colors of PSG, AC Milan, and the Brazilian national team.
Silva promises to be the ideal short-term solution for Pochettino. A star acts as the spiritual and technical leader for the entire team.
Mr. Nguyen | 07:47 11/07/2023