Captain not so Marvellous: Does Petrov Need Replacing?

August 4, 2011 by
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The latest instalment of Aston Villa Blog’s partnership with fellow fan site Aston Villa Life has been sent in by editor and guest blogger Matt Turvey and is based around the comments made by Villa icon Dennis Mortimer regarding Stan Petrov, and whether the club should be looking to appoint a new captain ahead of the upcoming Premier League campaign.

In the light of Dennis Mortimer’s recent comments regarding Stiliyan Petrov, and Mortimer’s view that Petrov is no longer up to the job of captain, it got me thinking.

You see, when you take a step back from the situation and think “Yes, we do need a new guy for the job”, the solution isn’t as evident as you might hope for.

Maybe it is down to the dearth of leaders in the squad at present.  Maybe it is down to the breakdown of the long term plan to cycle players from incoming transfers to outgoing sales.  Either way, we seem to have an abundance of overpaid, over rated players sitting on the fringes of the squad and, it would seem, that our “Hollywood or Bust” attempt at getting to fourth fell falt on it’s face.

Anyway, I digress.  The problem we are facing in the immediate future is who will be captain of Aston Villa in the coming season.  Obviously we have relied on Petrov for the past few seasons, but nobody can say that he is suitable in the role anymore.

It isn’t to do with a sudden drop of form, or a fickle change of attitude to the player, it is down to realistic assessment of fitness.  Petrov can’t be expected to play 90 minutes a game nowadays and, ideally, you would like your captain to be on the pitch for most of, it not all of, the games of the season.

So the question begs “If not Petrov, then who?”

Ponder that for a second.  Had a mental scan through our current squad?  Come up with lots of names?  No?  Me either.

You see, when you look past the steady if unspectacular “Stan” Petrov, then you realise that there is hardly an abundance of choice out there.  Who could be picked after all?  Dunne?  Collins?  Darren Bent?

The aformentioned three are, for the most part, at least professional.  However, I’d say that none of the three are actually ideal choices.  In fact, I would struggle to even call any of them “good” choices, let alone “ideal”.

So who then?  My only thought that springs to mind is that of Shay Given.  How one wants to view the fact that our only candidate for the captaincy is a player who was only purchased this close season is up to you.  Be objective though and think to yourself who else?

Beyond the Shay Given angle, Villa are limited to the possibility of purchasing a brand new player and letting them assume the role.  In my opinion at least, Scott Parker would be an ideal acquisition for this position.  However, there are still questions around whether the board wish to spend any further money on transfers or, as may possibly be the case, withhold it to fund the redevelopment of the North Stand.

So the question I leave open to fans is this – who do you think is captain material in the squad and, if you think we are in need of a purchase to provide said person, who would you like to see bought in to assume the position?


8 Comments on Captain not so Marvellous: Does Petrov Need Replacing?

  1. Jinksy on Thu, 4th Aug 2011 12:53
  2. One word YES!!!!

  3. TJ on Thu, 4th Aug 2011 13:00
  4. Stick with Stan unless we bring in a new natural born leader. i.e. Scott Parker. If we make him captain and pay him enough we can probably convince him to join and he would totally transform our midfield. Quality player.

    If anyone says Joey Barton I think I’ll vomit.

  5. Jacob on Thu, 4th Aug 2011 13:07
  6. Personally I’d go with James Collins. He plays almost every game and will probably continue to do so for the next couple of years unlike Richard Dunne who will probably lose his place when McLeish believes Ciaran Clark is ready to be a regular. Shay Given I would give the vice-captaincy to, it doesn’t bother me that he is a new signing if he’s good enough then why not. And as for Darren Bent there is no way he is captain material he isn’t vocal and is largely invisible during matches except when poaching a goal or two.

  7. harleygirl on Thu, 4th Aug 2011 13:17
  8. There is no logical replacement for Stan unless we bring in someone like Parker. The obvious candidates have been sold; Young Downing or even Milner before he sold us out for Mab City millions

  9. mocco on Thu, 4th Aug 2011 14:05
  10. Hurray, at long last someone agrees with my analysis- it must be Given if Stan does not start. Bent does not need the distraction. It will send the wrong message to both Collins and Dunne. Oh for a return by James Milner.

  11. jnw on Thu, 4th Aug 2011 14:10
  12. Stan Petrov only became captain on the basis of ‘who else’. Dunne and Collins may have been justified in their behaviour last season but they scarcely set an example to others. However, the problem goes deeper than personality and is related to position. A team playing with two wide men – as we have done since day 1 of MON – is in danger of being overrun in mid-field as frequently happened even when the quality of Barry and Milner were there. We can only be a counterattacking side utilising the speed of the front three if we surrender space and possession. If we do that we need two players who although outnumbered will impose themselves in central midfield and one of those must be captain. And what do we have? Petrov who is aging. Makoun and Delph who have so far shown nothing and a bunch of promising but inexperienced youngsters. So, Parker and Barton. Yes, Barton, he may bring baggage but he will bring commitment and passion. This summer the Villa squad has lost quality, experience and depth. The absence of suitable captain candidate only highlights the obvious.

  13. VillaFan on Thu, 4th Aug 2011 15:52
  14. I don’t think Petrov is up to the Job. I don’t think he’s up to the Job of plating central mid. I know the guy had been a prize prat in the past but someone like Joey Barton would add so much to our midfield. More dynamic, more gutsy, a better footballer and (pardon the pun) that little but more bite. Parker likewise. I really hope that we strengthen this area because physically we look far too weak IMO. I’d seriously take a punt on Barton and SWP. Sounds like we need to ship a couple out but transfer fees for these two would be negligible.

  15. Ben Bennett on Thu, 4th Aug 2011 16:30
  16. Yep, the man’s a DONKEY, simples!!!

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