Should Carlos Tevez Be Stripped of the Manchester City Captaincy?

Ieuan BeynonCorrespondent IIIDecember 19, 2010

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 04:  Carlos Tevez of Manchester City reacts after being substituted during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Bolton Wanderers at the City of Manchester Stadium on December 4, 2010 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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On Monday evening Manchester City will face their first game—the Europa League contest against Juventus was out in Italy and not under the British spotlight—since the Carlos Tevez's transfer request last weekend.

Everton are the visitors to the City of Manchester Stadium, with the home side able to go top of the league at Christmas with a win.

Tevez is expected to start the game.

Roberto Mancini said, "Our best players will play, Carlos is one of our best players."

The question is will he still be the captain of the side come kick-off tomorrow night?

With Tevez' desire to reportedly leave the club, will Mancini trust the Argentine to lead the side into one of the most important games of the season.

Going into the Christmas period on top of the table would be a huge psychological victory for the ambitious blues.

With an easier run of games over the festivities too, City could start the new year as front-runners for the Barclays Premiership.

With all that riding on a game on a snowy Monday night in Manchester, is Tevez the one you want leading you into battle?

Before last weekend and the transfer request, undoubtedly yes. He was the talisman of the side and was the most reliable source of goals City have had since Shaun Goater.

Now, probably not.

So who takes the armband?

Reports are suggesting that it is a toss up between Kolo Toure and Vincent Kompany, with Toure the slight favourite.

Either pick would be a sensible choice.

They have both been superb this season, and have the character needed to lead a club toward a title push.

Whether or not Mancini thinks in the same way is another thing.

Have your say: Do you think Tevez should remain as captain?

Please note: A linked article, Four Contenders for the Manchester City Captaincy will be posted as soon as possible.