The 2023/2024 English Premier League (EPL) is already underway. A number of new faces graced the top caste of English football. The clubs that have earned the nickname Big Six also have something new. It’s not about the arrival of new players, but the Big Six clubs have a new captain. This follows the departure of a player who has the status of club captain in the summer of 2023. They now have a new leader on the pitch. However, not all of the Big Six have a new captain. So, which Big Six club changed captain? Five Big Six EPL clubs appoint a new captain for 2023/2024.
Manchester United Have Signed Bruno Fernandes as The Next EPL captain
Bruno Fernandes won the trust to become the new captain of Manchester United. The task was given after coach Erik ten Hag removed the captain’s armband from Harry Maguire. It is also rumored that the England international defender will leave in the summer of 2023. Manchester United himself has been led by Bruno several times in several matches in 2022/2023. He carried out this task when Harry Maguire was absent from the match. The change of captain was also accompanied by Maguire who started to rarely play. Bruno’s new task now has to bring the Red Devils to achievement without Maguire.
Liverpool Chose Virgil van Dijk to Replace Jordan Henderson Who Moved to Al Ettifaq
Jordan Henderson has decided to leave Liverpool. The midfielder, who has defended the Reds for 12 years, moved to Saudi Arabia. He chose to join Steven Gerrard’s team, Al Ettifaq. Liverpool then appointed Virgil van Dijk as captain. The 32-year-old defender has led the team several times in Henderson’s absence. In addition, he is also the captain of the Dutch national team so his experience is ripe. He will be accompanied by Trent Alexander-Arnold who is assigned as vice-captain.
Chelsea Trust Reece James as Their Young Captain Replace Cesar Azpilicueta
Reece James has a big responsibility by becoming the new captain of Chelsea. The player, who is still 23 years old, replaces the role of Cesar Azpilicueta. The Spanish defender coincidentally decided to go to Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2023. James already has experience leading a team. The England international was captain during his time at the Chelsea academy. Both outside the game and on the field, he became a vocal figure. James did not hesitate to argue in order to protect his colleagues. This is useful for him to bring the Blues back to competition.
Son Heung Min is The New EPL Captain of Tottenham Hotspur
Son Heung Min lined up as the new captain of Tottenham Hotspur. Hugo Lloris, who previously carried out this task, is now starting to be sidelined from the main squad. It is also rumored that the goalkeeper from France will leave in the summer of 2023. Son’s choice as captain was also accompanied by the departure of Harry Kane. The England international striker was previously vice-captain. He decided to try new challenges by moving to Bayern Munich. Son Heung Min then replaced him. Later the South Korean player will be accompanied by James Maddison and Cristian Romero as vice-captains.
Manchester City Assigned Kevin De Bruyne to Replace Ilkay Guendogan
Ilkay Guendogan has decided not to extend his tenure at Manchester City. The Germany international left for Barcelona on a free transfer. This also ended his impressive career as captain of The Citizens. Following Guendogan’s departure, Kevin De Bruyne was automatically promote to captain. Previously, he was vice-captain. There was no official announcement about the important task. He immediately took on his responsibility as captain when he led the Manchester City squad against Burnley in the first match of the 2023/2024 EPL.
In conclusion the only club from the Big Six EPL that has not changed captain is Arsenal. The Gunners have given the captain’s armband to Martin Odegaard. The young midfielder from Norway began to carry out this role in full in 2022/2023.