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Everton’s Lucas Digne has said how proud he has been to wear the captain’s armband with the club this season.
At the start of this campaign, manager Marco Silva handed the captaincy to Seamus Coleman and the vice-captain role to Leighton Baines. The club also stated how Gylfi Sigurdsson and Digne the two stand-in candidates to wear the armband should Baines and Coleman be absent.
This season, the Frenchman did captain the side in the 2-0 win over West Ham United, as the Irishman was suspended for the game.
“I’m proud to wear the armband. I’ve only been here for a season and a half, so it’s a great sign of trust.
“I’d never worn it apart from with France’s youth levels. It would have been complicated at Paris Saint-Germain, Roma or Barcelona (laughs).”
Digne has been one of Everton’s best players over the past year, winning the Club’s Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year awards last season. This time around, the left-back has three league assists, which is just one short of his total tally from the last campaign.
Now, as he continues to improve, the France international could be seriously considered for the captaincy at the club.
The £27m-rated star, per Transfermarkt, has a decent amount of experience around Europe, playing a combined 142 times for Barcelona, Roma and Paris Saint-Germain and earning 28 caps for his country.
Digne also has the fans at Goodison Park right behind him and he would surely be well respected by the supporters as the leader of the team.
Plus, Coleman is now 31 and is struggling to get into the starting XI.
Perhaps one day the 26-year-old will take on a permanent role as captain.