The past week saw Sheffield Wednesday captain Darren Purse leave the club by mutual consent with the experienced defender joining Millwall shortly after.
Wednesday look to have covered Purse’s position at centre-back, with new signings Reda Johnson, Michael Morrison and Mark Reynolds and capable of fulfilling the role. Finding the right person to take on the responsibility of captain seems less of a formality.
Centre-back is traditionally a popular position to captain from as its possible to read the game from there and communicate well with the attacking and defensive players. Wednesday’s new signings however are all youngsters and are new to the dressing room so don’t make ideal candidates, fellow centre-back Mark Beevers is also a young lad who doesn’t have a wealth of experience and is not renowned for being a big communicator.
Midfielder Tommy Miller is vastly experienced but has not always been guaranteed a place in the side under Alan Irvine. James O’Connor does a lot of talking and is quick to provide encouragement to his team mates from the centre of the park but he certainly wouldn’t be regarded as a regular in the starting XI as things stand.
Step forward Nicky Weaver. It isn’t often that goalkeepers are chosen as captains but some have made a success of the role and Weaver appears to possess many of the attributes needed. Having played in over 300 professional games at various levels including the top flight the Owls’ stopper has a wealth of experience to call upon and has witnessed at first hand most things within the sport.
He appears to be a talkative keeper and as one of, if not the best and most consistent Wednesday player this season he should have the authority to command the respect of his fellow professionals within the club. As a Wednesday fan himself Weaver has the passion to want the club to succeed and he may be able to relay this to his team mates.
He hardly got off to the most auspicious of starts in succeeding Purse as skipper as Wednesday went down to a crushing 4-0 defeat at Leyton Orient at the weekend but few other can present such a strong case to lead the Owls on the field.
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