So far during the current 2018/19 Premier League campaign, AFC Bournemouth players have been handing around the captains armband.
Officially defender Simon Francis is the team captain, with midfielder Andrew Surman as the vice-captain.
However, Francis has so far only started one Premier League game this season, the away defeat to Chelsea and so has only led the team out once with the captain’s armband on.
Surman has started three league games, the victories over Cardiff City, West Ham United and the draw with Everton.
With neither starting the game against Leicester City last Saturday, the armband was handed to Steve Cook, who then passed it to Simon Francis when he was introduced as a 68th-minute substitute.
This scenario could become more and more frequent as the season progresses, with neither Francis nor Surman arguably first choice options in their favoured positions.
Should AFC Bournemouth consider making Steve Cook the official club captain as a more regular starter? Andrew Surman doesn’t believe it matters too much.
Surman told the Daily Echo…
“I am so proud every time I wear the armband but it doesn’t really matter who wears it. We need leaders out there.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re 21 or 31, everyone has to lead. I try to lead by example. I try to do the right things and be someone to look up to.
“I feel I’m more of a calming influence. I think I’m a calm person and a calm player. If something has to be said, I will say it but I try to be an example to follow in my performance.
Tinpot Club wrote…
I’ve heard from several people Simon Francis is extremely popular with the rest of the squad.
Whether he’ll be playing every week I don’t know, but if he is on the pitch, he’ll obviously have the armband. – Join the conversation, click here.