The advantages of getting a management group within the Manchester Metropolis dressing room signifies that if the captain is unavailable, there is a clear hierarchy for who to take the armband.
Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling have already led Metropolis out this season when Fernandinho hasn’t performed, and they’re going to tackle extra accountability now the Brazilian has been dominated out for ‘4 to 6’ weeks.
However as we’re all too aware of already, this season is presenting extra damage and health issues than any earlier than it. De Bruyne is again in coaching, however may not return to face West Ham, whereas Sterling is likely one of the fittest gamers within the squad however could also be due a relaxation after taking part in 87 per cent of Metropolis’s seven fixtures thus far.
So who would take the armband if all three had been out?
Ilkay Gundogan and Kyle Walker are contenders, and Pep Guardiola tends to reward the longer serving members of his squad when selecting his leaders.
However simply three video games into his new Metropolis profession, Ruben Dias is already displaying why he needs to be severely thought of to captain the aspect if accidents rule out the present members of the management group.
After his debut towards Leeds, Dias had little time for the final platitudes gamers will give about how nice it’s to make a primary look and get the ball rolling.
As a substitute, Dias began his interview with why he wasn’t pleased with the end result.
“Very glad for my debut – however clearly not glad in any respect with end result we wished to win this match so badly,” he mentioned.
“However we’ve got to maintain enhancing and dealing on that victorious mentality.”
And though two extra victories have adopted, Dias was blunt when assessing Metropolis’s defending for Porto’s opening objective this week.
“We can’t concede a objective like that,” Dias instructed BT Sport. “Somebody must cease him and we have to regroup in a greater manner however soccer is about errors and studying from them. The groups that study higher are the groups that develop higher.”
Earlier than the Porto recreation, Dias was requested outright about changing into a captain.
“I’ve had strain once I was younger, I had strain once I bought to Benfica’s first workforce, I had strain once I went to the nationwide workforce, and I’ve bought strain now,” he mentioned, wanting again at how he has already stepped in and added some management to the again line.
“Clearly the workforce has obtained me very nicely however I’ve at all times thought of that in a workforce each single participant must be a frontrunner of himself. There may be at all times a frontrunner of the workforce and the group however to start with you want to be a frontrunner of your self.
“I’ve labored all my life to self-discipline myself to know what I would like and work the place I need to be. Every little thing else comes naturally with my persona. I’ll simply maintain the way in which I’m and dealing the way in which I’ve at all times been working.”
If Guardiola wished a top quality centre-back when signing Dias, the early indicators recommend that is precisely what he’ll get. However nonetheless a lot scouting and evaluation of Dias’ persona Metropolis did, they are going to absolutely be pleasantly shocked at how shortly the brand new man has stepped in and supplied a powerful voice on the again.
Whether or not he wears the captain’s armband or not – and it in all probability would not ship one of the best message to among the longer serving members of the squad if he did – Dias will present some much-needed management whereas Fernandinho is out.
It is a high quality that has been missing within the workforce, with the likes of Fernandinho, De Bruyne and Sterling extra the kinds to steer by instance, not essentially with a powerful presence not seen since Vincent Kompany left.
So Dias is already displaying himself to be a long-term choice for captain. But when accidents drive him to take the armband at any level this season, he is proving certified for the position after simply three video games in blue.