Tottenham Hotspur News: Who Will Captain Spurs Next Season?

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IIJuly 19, 2012

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 22:  Michael Dawson of Tottenham Hotspur tackles Danny Welbeck of Manchester United during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on August 22, 2011 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Tottenham Hotspur have already had a sensational offseason and there's still a month to go until the English Premier League season kicks off again.

They have brought in a new manager in Andre Villas-Boas, kept players that looked likely to leave such as Gareth Bale and brought in new and exciting talent to White Hart Lane such as Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jan Vertonghen.

All in all, it's been a very successful summer transfer window for Spurs.

But with the upcoming Premier League season rapidly approaching, one key question seems to remain for Tottenham—who will lead them onto the pitch next season?

Current captain Ledley King looks set to retire, according to the Guardian, following 13 years at White Hart Lane, meaning that Spurs have to find a new leader for next season. The club has confirmed the news via their official Twitter account.

The obvious heir apparent is Michael Dawson, who led the team out last season when King was absent, but it might not be as simple as that.

I expect Dawson to be named as the new Spurs captain once King's retirement is announced, but don't rule out a possible move by Tottenham to put Jan Vertonghen as their captain.

Brought in from Ajax over the summer transfer window, it's unlikely that Vertonghen would assume the captaincy at White Hart Lane immediately, though down the track, he is clearly a candidate for the job.

Vertonghen is a defender, which Spurs favor, and captained Ajax last season throughout the Dutch domestic league, proving that he has the experience to lead the team week in and week out.

He also showcased his passion for Tottenham during the uncertain times about who would be the manager next season. The Belgian international was reportedly quoted by the Daily Mail as "begging" Ajax to let him make his "dream" move to White Hart Lane and insisted that he wanted to play for Spurs—regardless of who was the manager.

The following quote from the Daily Mail encapsulates well the passion and excitement that the 25-year-old has for the upcoming Premier League season.

"It feels good to be a Tottenham player and be here at this club.

"My mind was made up by the feeling that [chairman] Daniel Levy gave me. He invited me to the club and came over to Amsterdam to see me. He told me he really wanted to have me at the club and that gives a player an amazing feeling. It is important that a club wants you.

"Now I'm here, I really love the white shirt. It is a dream come true. [Spurs] are a really great team..."

Thus, whilst Vertonghen is unlikely to be appointed captain given the fact he has just come to the club, expect him to show great leadership and direction throughout the season.

At 25, he is no doubt a potential captain at White Hart Lane and will be of great assistance to Michael Dawson, who I think will lead Spurs throughout the upcoming season.

Who do you think will be the captain at Tottenham this season?

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