How the table would look if teams were judged entirely on the ability of their captain.
The 2014/15 Premier League season kicks off on Saturday and in honour of that fact CaughtOffside brings you the table if clubs were judged entirely on the ability of their captain as a player.
Read on to see where newly appointed Arsenal and Manchester United skippers Mikel Arteta and Wayne Rooney feature.
20. Clint Hill, QPR
It’s unlikely that this Hoops veteran will even take to the field that often with new signings Steven Caulker and Rio Ferdinand sure to be the preferred central defensive partnership.
19. Jason Shackell, Burnley
Helped the Clarets to return to the English top tier last term, but with no significant signings as yet the 30-year-old could find life difficult at this level.
18. John O’Shea, Sunderland
Now aged 33-years-old the Black Cats defender is being shown up more and more for his lack of pace and mobility and Gus Poyet’s men could have another torrid campaign.
17. Wes Morgan, Leicester City
Of the three promoted side Championship winners Leicester look the best equipped and Morgan will be tasked with marshaling the back line.
16. Michael Dawson, Tottenham Hotspur
There is no doubting the centre-back’s work ethic and commitment to the cause, but unfortunately his ability doesn’t match that positive attitude.