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Carver hails "leader" Janmaat

Published 16/04/2015

Newcastle midfielder Siem de Jong is targeting a return from his eight-month injury nightmare against Swansea
Newcastle midfielder Siem de Jong is targeting a return from his eight-month injury nightmare against Swansea

Daryl Janmaat is a Newcastle captain in waiting - and could even be handed the armband next season.

Head coach John Carver has admitted he would consider installing the 25-year-old Holland international as his skipper if his tenure was extended beyond the summer after being hugely impressed by his contribution both on and off the pitch during a testing campaign.

Asked if he would be tempted to hand the armband to Janmaat, Carver said: "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."

Questions have arisen over the captaincy at St James' Park with present incumbent Fabricio Coloccini having sat out the last three games after being sent off at Everton and deputy Moussa Sissoko following suit back on Merseyside on Monday evening when he was dismissed for a second bookable offence, an ugly challenge on Lucas Leiva.

With vice-captain Cheick Tiote having suffered indifferent form during an injury-interrupted campaign, effective leadership has been in short supply at a club where the likes of Rob Lee, Alan Shearer and Kevin Nolan have excelled in the role in recent times.

Carver admits that has become a concern, and one he is keen to address as a matter of urgency.

He said: "It's a good point and it's something that has to be addressed by the football club. 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. 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."

Coloccini will lead the team out for Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with Tottenham at St James' Park, a game which one way or another will be played out amid a testing atmosphere. The Magpies will attempt to end a run of five successive defeats which has prompted an increasingly vociferous group of fans to call for a mass boycott.

The 33-year-old Argentinian, of course, was part of the side which suffered relegation at the end of the 2008-09 season and will be determined not to be sucked into a second scrap for top-flight survival.

Asked if he expected a big response from Coloccini, Carver said: "He's a top professional - yes, I do, and I think he will because he is captain of this football club and he will be disappointed at what's happened.

"He'll not want to see this team struggle like they did a few seasons ago and end up in the Championship. He felt that and he won't want that again, so I'm sure he will come back in the right frame of mind.

"He's worked extremely hard over the time he has been suspended - he's not been given any extra time off. He has actually done more, which is important, so he will be fit and ready for it."

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