4 Contenders for the Manchester City Captaincy

Ieuan BeynonCorrespondent IIIDecember 19, 2010

4 Contenders for the Manchester City Captaincy

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 11:  Kolo Toure of Manchester City in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Blackburn Rovers at the City of Manchester Stadium on September 11, 2010 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by A
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    With the Carlos Tevez scandal in full swing and the talk of British media, the question now is will he remain captain of Manchester City?

    Many of the fans would like to see him stripped of the honour of captaining their side.

    Also it would show a mark of authority on the part of boss Roberto Mancini if he were to take the armband off the want away Argentine.

    Here we take a look at four players who could take over the responsibility and lead this new Manchester City.

4. Pablo Zabaleta

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 21: Pablo Zabaleta of Manchester City celebrates scoring his teams second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Manchester City at Craven Cottage on November 21, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Sco
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    Would be an unlikely choice to say the least.

    But Pablo Zabaleta does have what it takes to lead a side.

    Zabaleta is one of the best utility players in World Football and can fill in anywhere across the back-line and midfield.

    He is one of, if not his favourite players at the club.

    He loves his attitude, work-rate and commitment.

    The Argentine is a fans favourite and you are guaranteed 100% with him every single game, no matter what.

    He was also captain of the Argentina Under-20 side that won the World Cup in 2007. Skippering the likes of Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero to success.

3. Nigel De Jong

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    WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Manchester City's Nigel De Jong in action during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester City at The Hawthorns on November 7, 2010 in West Bromwich, England.  (Photo by Scott Heav
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    Again another who wears his heart on his sleeve. Nigel De Jong has been superb since arriving from Hamburg two seasons ago.

    The Dutch enforcer has been just that in the middle of the park for City.

    With his tackling ability and reading of the game, De Jong is invaluable to Roberto Mancini.

    Earlier this season after the infamous tackle on Hatem Ben Arfa, Mancini showed is loyalty and trust in De Jong by making him captain in the absence of Tevez.

    Also when Tevez has been substituted this season on a number of occasions the armband has been thrown to the Dutchman.

    Mancini loves De Jong and it would be no shock if he was made permanent skipper.

2. Vincent Kompany

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 04:   Vincent Kompany of Manchester City in action 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 b
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    With all the money spent by City in the last 3 years, nobody has been a better signing than Vincent Kompany.

    A natural leader, he has shone since being moved to centre-back half way through last season.

    His partnership with Kolo Toure has blossomed and is surely Roberto Mancini's biggest gift to the blues thus far.

    Kompany would be my personal choice for captain, and I know I am not alone in this assumption.

    He really cares about the club and the project.

    Take a look at his reaction when West Ham scored in the 89th minute last weekend, punching the floor in despair even though City were 3-0 to the good.

    The Belgian international is probably set to lead what could be a 'Golden Generation' for his country in the next couple of years too.

    Smart, articulate and passionate, Vincent Kompany has what it takes.

1. Kolo Toure

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 14:  Kolo Toure of Manchester City in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at White Hart Lane on August 14, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)
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    The front-runner, and deserved favourite to take over the armband.

    Kolo Toure was made captain after his arrival from Arsenal and Richard Dunne's departure to Aston Villa at the beginning of last season.

    In a season where he suffered a dip in form and some injuries, it is fair to say he didn't become the skipper City had expected.

    In the summer Roberto Mancini decided to take the role off of Toure and give it to Tevez.

    There are stories stating this was because they wanted to give Tevez more responsibility and more reason to stay.

    Others showing that Toure had suffered a loss of form due to the pressure of being captain.

    Believe what you will, but Toure is just like Kompany is born winner.

    If he was to re-claim the armband it would be a great appointment, he has the experience and has won the Premiership in the past.

    He has bounced back at City superbly this season, and is one the players of the campaign so far.

    If Mancini does decide to appoint a new captain. then he will not look any further than these four City superstars.