DARYL Janmaat has been earmarked as a future Newcastle United captain – with the club lacking leadership on AND off the field.
Stand-in skipper Moussa Sissoko was sent off against Liverpool at Anfield on Monday night.
We need to give the captaincy to somebody who is responsible, who is a leader. The players will follow a leader, and they have to have discipline on and off the pitch.John Carver
And club captain Fabricio Coloccini has just served a three-match ban for his dismissal at Everton last month.
Coloccini will return to the starting XI on Sunday for the Premier League home game against Tottenham Hotspur.
Janmaat – who is NOT one of the club’s two vice-captains – is the choice of many supporters to wear the captain’s armband given the ill-discipline of Coloccini and Sissoko, whose suspensions have proved costly to the struggling club.
Head coach John Carver, frustrated to lose midfielder Sissoko for two games, feels the captaincy needs to be looked at in the summer by the club, which is still to secure its top-flight status for another season.
“It’s something that has to be addressed by the football club,” said Carver.
“We need to give the captaincy to somebody who is responsible, who is a leader. The players will follow a leader, and they have to have discipline on and off the pitch.
“In the ‘80s and the ‘90s, your captain ran your dressing room for you.
“I know it’s changed now – you ask anybody in any football club. It’s all changed now, but that’s how it was and that’s how it should be, in my opinion.
“I shouldn’t have to go in there and manage that dressing room – that’s what your captains are there for – but there are not many of them out there now. We do things differently.
“But they have to lead by example. When you are the captain of a football club, then you have to do things right.”
Asked if he would consider making Janmaat, a fierce competitor and vocal player, skipper next season if he was to be given the head coach job on a permanent basis, Carver added: “I’d be tempted, yes, because he’s a proper leader.
“He’s got character, strength, he’s good around the dressing room.
“Whatever you ask him to do, he’ll do and he has a good presence around the place.
“He leads by example, and that’s what you need a captain to do.”
Carver also insisted that Newcastle MUST hold on to Janmaat, signed from Feyenoord last summer.
“You’ve got to keep your best players for as long as you can, and Daryl has been outstanding,” he said. “It’s important we keep him.”
The most influential United captain of the Premier League era was all-time record goalscorer Alan Shearer.
Carver said: “I think the country is missing that type, I really do. I really think the Premier League hasn’t got that type of player anymore.
“I think it’s a generational thing and we have moved on and we are in, I genuinely believe it, a different situation.
“You sit with managers and coaches afterwards and they are all looking for a leader, they are all looking for a captain, and I don’t think they are there anymore, not many of them, anyway.”
Sissoko was handed the captain’s armband in the absence of Coloccini because of the non-availability of nominated vice-captains Cheik Tiote and Siem de Jong.
The 26-year-old labelled his lunge at Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva an “unfortunate foul” on Twitter.
But Sissoko, expected to leave the club in the summer, stopped short of issuing a public apology to the club, though Carver revealed after the game that he had apologised to him and Leiva.
The France international was banned for an extra game because he had already been dismissed once this season.