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Blackpool v Huddersfield. Keith Southern
Blackpool v Huddersfield. Keith Southern

The absence of Peter Clarke for three months with ankle ligament damage provides Mark Robins with more than just a defensive headache.

He also has to decide who skipper’s the Terriers in Clarke’s stead.

Keith Southern wore the armband for 85 minutes against Birmingham. Of all the candidates, he’s the one Robins is most likely to turn to.

With Clarke out, he’s Town’s most experienced player, and one of the more natural leaders in the squad.

However, he would not be my choice to take over as captain. Indeed, in the 4-2-3-1 system Robins has switched back to, he wouldn’t be my first choice to play in the two at the base of the midfield.

My preference would be to see Jonathan Hogg and Oscar Gobern playing there.

Southern, for all his experience, cannot cover the ground needed to play a high-intensity game in that position. His best use is when closing games out or as cover.

Another candidate is James Vaughan. The talismanic striker has leadership qualities in abundance, although he’s not in the best position to be a defensive organiser.

His position up front, however, leaves him susceptible to being closed out of games; this happened on a couple of occasions prior to his ban.

What is clear, though, is that his teammates appreciate him and he may be a fine candidate to get the very best out of them.

My choice would be Jonathan Hogg. Hogg’s young - only 24 - but he’s shown himself to be a capable organiser and leader.

His position in front of the back four is ideal for him to show the determination and desire a captain should show. He’s someone who could lead by example, and is another who teammates seem to appreciate.