Joseph Masi and Luke Hatfield discussed all of the latest West Bromwich Albion news on the most recent edition of The Express and Star’s Baggies Broadcast podcast and Masi spent some time talking about the West Midlands club’s captaincy during the show.
This comes after captain Jake Livermore was sent off in the 37th minute of the Baggies’ 3-0 Premier League loss to bitter rivals Aston Villa last weekend. Albion were losing by just a goal when the 31-year-old midfielder was dismissed and after the game, West Brom boss Sam Allardyce declared that he was “upset” with Livermore and refused to rule out the possibility that the club’s captaincy will change hands.
With Livermore set to sit out the Baggies’ next three fixtures due to suspension, Masi discussed the possibility of the £4.95m-rated man being stripped of the captaincy during this podcast and the journalist shared that he believes Livermore will remain Albion captain, claiming that there aren’t many standout alternatives for the role within the Baggies’ squad.
He said: “I personally think Livermore will keep the captaincy because I don’t really see an alternative. For me, he is captain material and he showed that last season. He is a very, very good captain. He lost his head, he did, but to me, he’s the outstanding candidate on paper.”
Should Livermore remain West Brom captain?
TIF Thoughts on what Masi had to say about Livermore…
Livermore has explained that he takes the role of West Brom captain very seriously in the not-too-distant past, declaring that he takes pride in the responsibility that comes with being club captain.
Perhaps that – along with the fact that he performed well enough in this role to help the Baggies earn promotion to the Premier League last season – gives us a clear indication as to why Slaven Bilic handed him the captaincy early on in his first season as Albion manager and explains why Masi seems to think he’s still the best man for this job.
So, while it may be understandable if Allardyce was, and maybe even still is, upset with the midfielder for getting sent off versus Villa, perhaps he will come to the same conclusion as Masi did, of Livermore being the “outstanding candidate” for West Brom’s captaincy after spending more time working with and getting to know the 31-year-old.