Tottenham Hotspur captain Michael Dawson's future has been the subject of speculation throughout the summer.
The possibility of a transfer to Hull City appeared to be gathering momentum heading into July. Tigers boss Steve Bruce then revealed "we are probably as far away from a deal as we can be," here via Sky Sports' Graeme Bailey.
Dawson was a prominent part of Tottenham's North American tour. Since then, they have signed young English defender Eric Dier from Sporting Lisbon, while Villarreal's Mateo Musacchio is being linked with strengthening the north London club's centre-back ranks.
Dawson may yet have a future at Spurs. In the past he has battled back from spells on the sidelines, and the determined defender may yet do so again.
Should he leave, though (or if he features less prominently), manager Mauricio Pochettino will be tasked with selecting a new skipper for his team.
Good leadership does not necessarily require an armband. However, a good captain can help to set the tone for a team.
Over the following few pages we look at who Pochettino could call on to lead his side moving forward, examining the case for and against each player.
Each man selected has been chosen because of their past experience, attributes as players and likelihood of them being appointed captain as judged by their recent prominence at Tottenham.