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Kieran Trippier should get a chance with the captain's armband at Newcastle - opinion

With numerous poor displays at the back and the possibility of a new defender arriving on Tyneside, Kieran Trippier should get the captain’s armband if Jamaal Lascelles is dropped.

Should Brazilian centre-back Diego Carlos arrive from Sevilla in time for the clash away at Leeds, a defender needs to be dropped. Out of Lascelles and Fabian Schar, the current captain looks more prone to errors. Granted Schar isn’t perfect either but he is at least comfortable holding onto the ball.

So the question is, if you drop him, who do you give the armband to? My answer would be 31-year-old Kieran Trippier, who was the first signing of the new era under PIF.

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Despite only making two appearences, Trippier has always shown traits of a captain

The England international came to Tyneside from Atletico Madrid for a fee of £12 million. It was a move that had people talking.

Trippier made his debut in the 1-0 defeat in the FA Cup to Cambridge United. His first Premier League game was against Watford the following week in 1-1 draw. In both pretty dismal performances from Newcastle, the 31-year-old was a positive talking point.

He looked at ease on the ball and was barking orders to the rest of the backline. Lascelles for a while has seemed like a good character for the Magpies. But his defensive organisation leaves a lot to be desired.

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Unlike anyone else in the sqaud, he’s played at the highest level

Furthermore, Trippier has proven himself at the top level. This is a man who has played for England many times and even featured in last years Euros. His free-kick against Croatia in the 2018 World Cup semi-final lives on in the memories of many.

In addition, he featured in the Champions League final when he played for Spurs back in 2019. It’s fair to say that Trippier has been in many high profile matches, unlike many others in the Newcastle side. Thus far Trippier, within two games, has shown authority and that extra quality that Newcastle need in a relegation scrap.

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Should we see the arrival of Diego Carlos, we could see Jamaal Lascelles dropped. Eddie Howe should look no further than Kieran Trippier for captaincy. He’s got big-game experience and looks like an authoritative figure at the back.

Callum Wilson showed signs of being a good skipper too against Norwich. However, he’s currently out of action until February or March. Therefore, Trippier should be handed the armband if or when Lascelles isn’t in the starting XI.

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