Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

YOU Say Strip Coloccin the Captaincy and Giv YOUR Player of This Se

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

YOU Say Strip Coloccin the Captaincy and Giv YOUR Player of This Se

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Byline: Mark Douglas Newcastle United Editor @MsiDouglas

YOU believe Newcastle United's problems so far this season are down to a lack of leadership on the field, our Big Toon S T urvey shows.

The solution? Strip Fabricio Coloccini of skipper duties and make summer signing Georginio Wijnaldum - W your clear player of the season so far according to our votes - the captain.

United's depressingly dire Premier League position - and their lack of wins since a major summer splurge - has given us plenty of time to consider where the club is going wrong as they bounce from one relegation struggle to another this term.

We ga W ve you several options: trans a -fer policy was one, tactics and formation were others while we also gave you the opportunity to place the blame on Steve McClaren.

But the majority felt it was a lack of leadership - something that reflects badly on Coloccini, whose mandate to lead Newcastle on the field has been eroded ever since he sought a move away when United were struggling to cope the dual demands of the Europa League and a fight at the bottom of the table.

We ga W ve you the option of picking a "other" and 20% of respondents did. Many of them chose Mike Ashley and a lack of British players as a reason for United's struggles but it all adds up to that one problem: direction.

It's easy to see where you're coming from. United don't want for players who have captained clubs - Siem de Jong, Wijnaldum and C W oloccini have all had the armband, while Moussa Sissoko has stepped in for Newcastle at times - but they are lacking leadership.

And that comes from Coloccini downwards. While his per W formances may have improved in recent weeks, there is a clear feeling among our respondents - and nearly 2,000 filled out the survey - that his time as skipper has come to an end.

Newcastle obviously don't agree. He signed a new deal in the summer and even if there was doubt about where he'd be starting the season, he was eventually confirmed as United's captain a week or so before what has turned out to be a desperate season began. …

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