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How About Darren Bent For Team Captain?

How About Darren Bent For Team Captain?

Ok, yesterday Mat Kendrick tweeted:

Darren Bent made captain for today's match. Interesting development. I had heard Bent had volunteered for the role in Petrov's absence

Today, Darren Bent has tweeted:


Was great to get out there for the claret and blue today after such a long time out. It was an honour to be captain, loved it!

That got the tiny cogs in my head turning!

Who would you have as team captain (bearing in mind #19 Stiliyan Petrov remains Club captain) ?

Bent wouldn`t be a bad shout in my humble opinion, if he could lead from the front, then why not. The only other major shout would be Shay Given but I`m not sure I like keepers as captains, they have enough to think about!


Last time we asked, these were the results:

Who should be the new team captain?
Poll Date: 10 Jun 2012
Suggested By: JP Fear

None, buy a new player worthy of being captain 57%

Given 23%
Dunne 9%
I've really no idea 3%
Ireland 3%
Agonlahor 2%
Other 2%
Bent 1%
Collins 0%

However, after Bent stepped up and volunteered, it made me wonder, has he matured, has he decided his future is at Villa and does he want to lead the team?

If so, go for it?!

Let us know in the article comments below, forum thread and don`t forget to vote in the poll (right hand lower of the site)

Darren Bent Profile.

Darren Bent Forum Thread.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Sunday July 15 2012
Time: 12:00PM

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before I was thinking he should be selfish and just be thinking about scoring for us, but maybe making him team captain would invigorate him even more and get him more ingrained at Villa?
The Fear
15/07/2012 10:50:00
bent is not a leader and also i think keepsers make better captains than forwards im not keen on forwards being captains at all
15/07/2012 12:10:00
I don't think Bent is a leader either, but there again neither is Given. I would prefer a CB or CM for the captaincy. However, Lambert gave CF Holt the job at Norwich. If the debut from El Ahmadi is a glimpse of the future then maybe he would be a good choice. He certainly ran the show in the first half yesterday. Be good to see how he copes against better opposition. The other thing to consider is that some players do not play at their best when 'burdened' with the job. GG might be a future choice, he was a great captain in the youth/reserve teams. However, he must first establish his place in the first team.
15/07/2012 12:25:00
GG for the future maybe. CC (love these initials games) was also a good captain of the reserves and youth. However I still think we should wait to see who else comes in. I agree that a CB or CM seems a more obvious choice for the armband but based on yesterday how many more midfielders do we need? So if we are looking to recruit a good player able to captain it may need to be a CB.
15/07/2012 12:34:00
If he stays then yes...Noone else apart from Petrov who can lead us...The new guy El Ahmadi can be a candidate later in the season i think though.
15/07/2012 12:44:00
just because el ahmadi had good game and seems a good player does this mean he should be captain? it doesn't make him a LEADER im not saying he shouldnt be captain but based on the fact he had a god game alone then no we want a vocal hard working respected player who leads by example and can gear the team up when the chips are down
15/07/2012 13:02:00
If he can stay fit and has a good run of matches then Delph would be my choice.
15/07/2012 14:12:00
Ciaran Clark has the potential to be an absolute superstar and is a leader. He has enough experience now. He should not be seen as a youth with potential. Throw him in, make him Captain and build the team around him. The likely scenario is this would initially overwhelm him, but it would build him as a player and a man quicker than anything. A little short term pain for massive long term gain. Whilst I hate using players from other clubs, especially those with baggage, as an example, I honestly believe he would then go on to be our Steven Gerard, John Terry, Tony Adams etc. These players have had terible controversies that have surrounded them. However they all became captains at a young age, it bought their loyalty and have been fabulous football leaders of their clubs. Make CC capatain, get him signed on a super long contract and make him a Villa leader for years to come. As Petrov is rightly club captain, it would be an ideal time to announce CC as the 'captain in waiting' to help relieve some of the initial pressure. It is not that there is a lack of serious options, more that this young man has the potential to be amongst the Villa greats and we need to assert his influence now. There is never a wrong time to do the right thing.
15/07/2012 14:14:00
black_villan he sure looks like a leader to me, more of a leader than anyone in our current team.
15/07/2012 14:17:00
Clark is another one who could do the job. Hope these young players get the games they need to gel and mould into a team. The quality is arguably there. Sadly, they haven't had a manager to exploit their potential. Until now?
15/07/2012 14:19:00
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