Football FanCast columnist
Rob Facey wonders whether it is time for Ledley King to pass
on the armband at White Hart Lane.
Ledley King's fitness worries are
already giving new boss Harry Redknapp problems as he searches for a
long term captain to help kick-start the Tottenham Hotspur revival.
The absence of King has long been a
ready made excuse for Spurs fans looking for reasons to explain shoddy
defensive displays over the past year, but the defender's ongoing
knee problems now make his captaincy insecure.
Nobody is questioning his commitment
to the club, but it is understandable that a club's captain must be
playing as regularly as possible.
In saying this, King recently confounded
critics by starting two matches in a row after previously stating that
he would only be able to manage one every couple of weeks, but is this
really the sort of situation that should be associated with your captain;
not knowing whether he can play every week?
If he manages to start against Arsenal
on Wednesday then it will be the first time he has played in three consecutive
matches since January, but Redknapp is looking for consistency as he
looks to start a new era at Spurs.
An injury prone and unreliable captain
will not be high on his agenda, so surely it is time for Tottenham to
start a fresh?
The only reason this has not happened
sooner is arguably down to a lack of leaders at the club, and Redknapp
will have his work cut out in finding a replacement, but is this something
that he should be considering?
Jonathon Woodgate is most likely to
be named as captain according to The Times; would Spurs fans
welcome the decision to see the experienced defender handed the armband?
Or is King still the right man for
the role despite his injury problems? Should his commitment to the cause
be rewarded still, or is it time for a fresh start at White Hart Lane
on the pitch as well as off it?