Following a press conference in Perth yesterday, we are still none the wiser as to who will be the new club captain.
It’s going to be a problem as Declan has been amazing in the role and seemed a perfect successor to Nobes. We are left now it seems to me without a natural on pitch leader.
Oddly perhaps even the manager hasn’t been able to come to a conclusion and is making it clear that it’s a matter which will need some discussion despite knowing the Rice scenario was very much was on the cards.
Oggy of course took on the role last season when required but his form and fitness may not make that a regular possibility this time around.
And given that a central defender seems to be a priority signing one wonders how many games the Italian is going to get anyway.
David Moyes replied on being asked that ,by saying
“We’re not that further forward as it’s only just happened, so we’ll have discussions about it. That’ll be decided by myself.”
When asked about how he will adapt without Declan Rice and the qualities he looks for in a captain., he replied: “Players come and go from all clubs so you find a new way of preparing and getting things done, but it only got done on Saturday so it’s very early.
“I’ve had some exceptional captains – Nobes at West Ham and Phil Neville at Everton. Dec was great in the short time we worked together here.
“We’ll talk and make a decision on our new captain before the start of the season.
There’s always the possibility of course that we will buy one in.