Some players are born leaders, while others prefer to fade into the background a little more.

Those in the former category are invaluable to football clubs. The most successful teams in history have had a talismanic captain to inspire their teammates.

With that in mind, let's look at five players at top Premier League teams who look destined to wear the captain's armband for their respective clubs.

Jack Wilshere | Arsenal

Jack Wilshere has been widely regarded as a future captain of both Arsenal and England for some time now.

The 21-year-old's career has been continually interrupted by injury, but he is back playing regularly and it's no surprise that his return to action has coincided with Arsenal's return to form.

Wilshere is vocal and determined on the pitch. Perfect captain material.

Phil Jones | Manchester United

Sir Alex Ferguson once said that Phil Jones could become the greatest player in Manchester United's history.

That might have been a slight exaggeration, but the England international looks nailed on to become a future skipper at Old Trafford.

However, the armband could first be passed to Wayne Rooney before it makes its way to Jones.

Gary Cahill | Chelsea

At 27, Gary Cahill is no spring chicken, but there's every chance that he will receive the captain's armband in a few years' time.

John Terry and Frank Lampard have reached the winter of their careers, while the club's third captain Petr Cech may need to make way for Thibaut Courtois from the start of next season.

Cahill is in the John Terry mould and looks a natural replacement.

Jan Vertonghen | Tottenham

Jan Vertonghen is the current captain of the Belgium national team and is surely next in line to wear Tottenham's captain's armband once Michael Dawson makes way.

Aaron Lennon and Younes Kaboul are currently the vice-captains at White Hart Lane, but SuperJan is more of a leader than both combined.

Matija Nastasić | Manchester City

It's difficult to predict the future captain of Manchester City, but Matija Nastasić is the one player you expect to still be at the club in five years' time.

Does the Serbia international possess leadership qualities? That much is unclear. But in order to play for one of the top clubs in Europe at the age of 20 suggests he's probably not the shy and retiring type.

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#Phil Jones
#Gary Cahill
#Jan Vertonghen
#Jack Wilshere
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