Football Features

Every Premier League club captain ranked by Football Index value

By Harry Edwards

Published: 14:37, 23 March 2020

There’s only so much work a manager can do to prepare their team for a game.

All week, work will be done, but once the players enter the pitch it’s out of their hands — a few substitutes and tactical changes aside.

Instead, it’ll often be the captain’s responsibilities to ensure the gameplan is followed and teammates keep their composure in tough moments.

Over the years, some teams have opted against having one captain, instead opting for a leadership group that will share responsibilities both on and off the pitch. Regardless, there is still a need for a captain figure to take total control.

So who is the most valuable Premier League captain when it comes to Football Index?

We’ve taken a look.

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20. Simon Francis (Bournemouth)

Age: 35
Position: Right-back
Premier League appearances: 136
Football Index value: £0.11 (Sell)  £0.18 (Buy)

Simon Francis has been with Bournemouth since 2011, initially joining on loan from Charlton before making the move permanent — when the Cherries were still in League One. He was named captain in 2016/17, replacing Tommy Elphick and retains the captaincy despite having seen his playing time reduced due injury this season.

19. Ben Mee (Burnley)

Age: 30
Position: Centre-back
Premier League appearances: 163
Football Index value: £0.14 (Sell)  £0.24 (Buy)

Ben Mee, a former Manchester City academy graduate, initially joined Burnley on loan from the Citizens in 2011 and made the move permanent in 2012. The centre-back was named Clarets captain last summer replacing Tom Heaton who left for Aston Villa, having previously served as vice-captain.

18. Seamus Coleman (Everton)

Age: 31
Position: Right-back
Premier League appearances: 265
Football Index value: £0.15 (Sell)  £0.35 (Buy)

Another player enjoying his first season as official club captain, Seamus Coleman replaced Phil Jagielka in the summer as the centre-back returned to Sheffield United. However, the Irishman had already skippered Everton regularly as back-up.

17. Wes Morgan (Leicester City)

Age: 36
Position: Centre-back
Premier League appearances: 164
Football Index value: £0.15 (Sell)  £0.35 (Buy)

Although Kasper Schmeichel has worn the armband for most of the season, Wes Morgan remains Leicester‘s official club captain. The 36-year-old has played just a handful of games this season as he winds down his playing career, but will always have a place in Leicester‘s history as the captain who led them to the Premier League title in 2015/16.

16. Mark Noble (West Ham United)

Age: 32
Position: Central midfielder
Premier League appearances: 376
Football Index value: £0.19 (Sell)  £0.32 (Buy)

Although he spent some time away on loan early in his career, Mark Noble is very much a West Ham man having come through the club’s academy. Noble was first named club captain in 2015, replacing Kevin Nolan, and will likely hold the armband until he eventually leaves West Ham.

15. Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur)

Age: 33
Position: Goalkeeper
Premier League appearances: 251
Football Index value: £0.23 (Sell)  £0.39 (Buy)

The only goalkeeper to be an official Premier League club captain this season, Hugo Lloris took over the Tottenham armband from Younes Kaboul in 2015 and has held the position since — while also captaining France.

14. Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United)

Age: 26
Position: Centre-back
Premier League appearances: 102
Football Index value: £0.23 (Sell)  £0.39 (Buy)

After Alan Shearer left in 2006, Newcastle rarely stuck to one captain until Fabricio Coloccini in 2011. The Argentinian spent five years as skipper before being replaced by current captain Jamaal Lascelles, who joined the club in 2014.

13. Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)

Age: 30
Position: Right-back
Premier League appearances: 262
Football Index value: £0.25 (Sell)  £0.42 (Buy)

Although he spent most of last season as skipper on the pitch, Cesar Azpilicueta wasn’t officially named as Chelsea‘s club captain until the summer, following Gary Cahill’s departure.

12. Troy Deeney (Watford)

Age: 31
Position: Striker
Premier League appearances: 154
Football Index value: £0.32 (Sell)  £0.54 (Buy)

Troy Deeney has become synonymous with Watford since replacing Manuel Almunia as club captain in 2014. The striker has been deep at the heart of the highs and lows for the Hornets and continues to lead even when on the sidelines injured.

11. Billy Sharp (Sheffield United)

Age: 34
Position: Striker
Premier League appearances: 18
Football Index value: £0.33 (Sell)  £0.55 (Buy)

Billy Sharp hasn’t found too much time on the pitch for Sheffield United, with just six of his 18 Premier League appearances coming from the start. But when he does start, Sharp captains his boyhood club.

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10. David Silva (Manchester City)

Age: 34
Position: Central midfielder
Premier League appearances: 301
Football Index value: £0.34 (Sell)  £0.57 (Buy)

David Silva is experiencing his final season as a Manchester City player and is doing so as club captain after replacing Vincent Kompany in the summer. However, Silva perhaps hasn’t featured as much as he would have liked this season.

9. Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Age: 27
Position: Centre-back
Premier League appearances: 67
Football Index value: £0.35 (Sell)  £0.59 (Buy)

Conor Coady has been key at the heart of Wolves‘ defence for the past three seasons, having previously appeared in midfield and as a full-back. He was switched to centre-back upon Nuno Espirito Santo‘s arrival in 2017/18, with the Portuguese also handing him the captain’s armband, replacing Danny Batth.

8. Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace)

Age: 28
Position: Defensive midfielder
Premier League appearances: 111
Football Index value: £0.37 (Sell)  £0.62 (Buy)

Luka Milivojevic joined Crystal Palace in January 2017 and almost immediately became a key proponent of their midfield. Just over a year later, he took on captaincy duties, replacing Jason Puncheon as the club’s full-time skipper, though the likes of Scott Dann and Yohan Cabaye had also shared duties in the first half of 2017/18.

7. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Southampton)

Age: 24
Position: Central midfielder
Premier League appearances: 104
Football Index value: £0.37 (Sell)  £0.62 (Buy)

Despite still being only 24, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has taken the responsibilities of being Southampton captain well, leading them through what has been a tough period for the club. The midfielder was handed the armband last season, replacing Ryan Bertrand.

6. Grant Hanley (Norwich City)

Age: 28
Position: Centre-back
Premier League appearances: 46
Football Index value: £0.43 (Sell)  £0.71 (Buy)

Grant Hanley was named Norwich captain by Daniel Farke last season but didn’t feature too much as the Canaries secured their return to the Premier League. It looked to be a similar case this season but the 28-year-old found himself back in the starting XI as Norwich fight for safety.

5. Lewis Dunk (Brighton & Hove Albion)

Age: 28
Position: Centre-back
Premier League appearances: 101
Football Index value: £0.44 (Sell)  £0.73 (Buy)

Brighton’s defence doesn’t look right without Lewis Dunk in it, wearing the captain’s armband. The centre-back, who came through the Seagulls’ academy, was named captain in the summer as long-term skipper Bruno called time on his Brighton career.

4. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)

Age: 29
Position: Central midfielder
Premier League appearances: 335
Football Index value: £0.89 (Sell)  £1.49 (Buy)

Given the unenviable task of replacing Steven Gerrard as Liverpool captain, Jordan Henderson grew into the role and, once shaking off comparisons, has become part of the Anfield furniture. Although progress has been halted, Henderson is just two wins away from becoming the first Liverpool captain to lift a league title since 1990.

3. Harry Maguire (Manchester United)

Age: 27
Position: Centre-back
Premier League appearances: 130
Football Index value: £1.08 (Sell)  £1.80 (Buy)

Harry Maguire only joined Manchester United in the summer, from Leicester City, but he is already captain of the Red Devils. The centre-back took over from Ashley Young, who left for Inter Milan in the January window — one of three captaincy changes to happen during the 2019/20 season.

2. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Age: 30
Position: Striker
Premier League appearances: 75
Football Index value: £1.16 (Sell)  £1.944 (Buy)

Another recently-named captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang replaced Granit Xhaka as Arsenal skipper in October after the latter fell out with Gunners fans. Aubameyang’s reign also hasn’t been without controversy, but he remains a key figure in a tough season for Arsenal.

1. Jack Grealish (Aston Villa)

Age: 24
Position: Attacking midfielder
Premier League appearances: 60
Football Index value: £3.29 (Sell)  £5.49 (Buy)

Although he has worn the armband for some time, Jack Grealish wasn’t officially named as Aston Villa’s club captain until January when James Chester left. It’s a responsibility Grealish deserves and has taken on with pride, trying his all to keep Dean Smith’s side in the Premier League.