‘Everyone looks up to him’: TalkSPORT pundit claims 27-year-old should become Chelsea’s new captain

TalkSPORT pundit Trevor Sinclair has claimed that Chelsea should appoint Raheem Sterling as their captain for the upcoming season.

The 27-year-old has joined up with his new teammates in the United States after his high-profile transfer from Manchester City.

He has occupied the captaincy role on occasion for his national team, in the absence of Harry Kane, with him taking the armband in their crushing loss to Hungary last time out in the Nations League.

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The Blues will potentially be in need of a new skipper if Cesar Azpilicueta makes his desired move to Barcelona this summer.

Jorginho, Thiago Silva and Mason Mount have been handed the armband in the Spaniard’s absence, however Sinclair has claimed that new signing Sterling should be considered for the permanent role.

Sinclair claims Sterling should be Chelsea captain

He said: “I think Raheem Sterling should go in at Chelsea and become their new captain.

“I think if you look at it, he’s vice-captain of England, he’s probably the only person that you could say that’s got more experience than him is Thiago [Silva], and he’s getting on. I don’t think you build your team round a captain that might be leaving at the end of the season.

“I think he goes in there, everyone looks up to him, you hear young players all the time talking about how Raheem Sterling did this and how much he’s helped me with that.

“I just think he can go in there and be a great captain for Chelsea, and lead that team to something pretty special.”

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While Sterling certainly has the traits to lead the club going forwards, it may be seen as an insult to some of the players who have been their longer that they were not considered.

It may be wise to give the armband to Silva for this upcoming season, allowing some of the younger stars like Sterling, Mount and even Reece James the opportunity to show their leadership skills are at a level to lead the club.

If there is still a desire to have an experienced star as the skipper, the club could also consider Kalidou Koulibaly, who was set to become Napoli captain this year, as a replacement for Silva.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.