With the expected eventual departures of Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris, Tottenham require a stabilizing force who leads to by example to espouse the club captaincy.
Kane is a shoo-in for the role if he stays in north London. But that outcome is becoming increasingly unlikely. And while the rumours of Kane’s exit talks ramp up, the current club captain’s future is also unknown.
It’s clear the sun is setting on Hugo Lloris’ Tottenham career. How quickly the sun dips below the horizon is still unknown.
Now 34, the Frenchman must decide where he’d like to spend his twilight years. His eventual departure, in conjunction with Kane’s likely exit, begs the question as to whom is best suited to wear the Lilywhite armband.
A lot can happen between then and now, but Tottenham have to start considering who is best suited to lead the club through its next phase.
Son Heung-min leads by example and bleeds Lilywhite. Committed to the club and unwavering in his on-field passion, Son represents a sentimental favourite to become captain. While you don’t need an outspoken, rollicking and boisterous personality to don the armband, Sonny’s quiet, unassuming character contradicts what Spurs require.
Toby Aldeweireld, if he was a few years younger, would fit the bill perfectly. But the 32-year-old will also soon be running on borrowed time. Though his place in Spurs side next year is all-but guaranteed, Tottenham need a captain whose future at the club is assured. Of course nothing is guaranteed in the modern game, but the winning candidate must be committed to the club long term.