Robert Snodgrass has all the credentials needed to be Leeds United’s captain.
He’s a confident, self-assured lad and he’s been our most consistent player this season. There’s a definite shortage of leaders in the squad at Elland Road but Snodgrass sets a good example through the way he performs and the way he acts.
No disrespect to Andy Lonergan who held the armband during a difficult period, but I’m with Neil Warnock on this one.
Only in exceptional circumstances would I consider giving the captaincy to my goalkeeper.
There are two reasons for that. The main one is that keepers in my view have enough to worry about and concentrate on without being asked to lead the team.
Unlike individual outfield players, if your keeper has a poor game then you tend to get beat.
They don’t need distractions or any added pressure.
But it’s also difficult for them to influence situations 50 or 60 yards up the field.
Someone like Snodgrass is in the thick of it – always looking for the ball and always central to every Leeds performance. You want your captain to be inspirational and you can’t argue with his goals this season, or his assists.
There’s obviously a worry in certain quarters that Snodgrass will move on this summer if the club aren’t promoted, and there’s no better way of making him feel wanted than by giving him the armband.
But I really don’t share the concerns about him leaving. Personally, I don’t see it happening.
He loves Leeds and I’m sure he’s desperate to help the club make it into the Premier League.
His situation is very different to Jonny Howson’s.
Howson was out of contract in June so taking a £2million offer from Norwich City in January made perfect sense. Snodgrass has a year left on his deal and the ball’s in our court.
He’s clearly someone we’d like to keep.
The board at Leeds came in for a lot of stick over the sale of Howson but we’re into March and he’s still not 100 per cent recovered from his knee injury.
He hasn’t made a first-team appearance for Norwich and he’s still to even feature in their squad.
The games are ticking down and you have to question how much of an impact Howson would have had in the final stages of our season. Enough to justify rejecting an offer of £2million for a player in the last six months of his contract? I don’t think so.
Sometimes you have to take tough decisions in football and selling a lad like Howson – our club captain and a homegrown player – wasn’t easy.
But the decisions taken by the board and the chairman at Elland Road are always in the interests of the club and I think time has told that accepting such a big some of money for Howson was the right call and a sound decision for everyone involved.