LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 19:  Gary Cahill of Chelsea celebrates with the trophy and his team-mate Marcos Alonso at the end of the Emirates FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on May 19, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)

O Captain, My Captain: 7 Club Captains Who Are No Longer First Choice Starters

The club captain is arguably the most influential person in a dressing room - besides the manager - so it's likely a surprise to find that for a number of Premier League sides, those players who are the voice of their team aren't actually regularly a part of the match-day squad.


It's not as bad as the serial offender days of Arsene Wenger's Arsenal - who once went 94 Premier League matches without their designated team captain in the starting lineup - but still, these players have not exactly been the first names on their respective team sheets in recent seasons.


It seems some managers simply select a long-serving player as official captain, knowing they'll actually just pick from whoever is playing on the day.


We take a look at four of those periphery figures who technically captain their sides in the Premier League...

1. Gary Cahill - Chelsea

Chelsea have named long-serving defender Gary Cahill as their captain this season, despite the fact that - five games into the Premier League term - he hasn't made a league appearance.


Cahill is undoubtedly a talented defender, despite his ageing years, and chose to stay and fight for his place under Maurizio Sarri this summer.


However, behind the likes of Antonio Rudiger and David Luiz, the Blues captain is likely to be seen as more of a backup for the squad.

2. Phil Jagielka - Everton

Phil Jagielka might be Everton's captain, but the 36-year-old English central defender struggles to get game time purely due to his age.


Unquestionably a talented and highly experienced centre back, Jagielka has managed just one appearance in the Premier League so far this season - earning himself a dubious red card.


When new signing Yerry Mina becomes fit again too, Jagielka could really struggle to become a first-team regular, despite wearing the armband.

3. Vincent Kompany - Manchester City

Vincent Kompany does play, and has done fairly regularly this season, but compared to three and four seasons back he is nowhere near the 'first name on the teamsheet' status he held before.


The 32-year-old has suffered from injuries and lack of game time that have seen the Belgian become more of a symbolic figure in the dressing room, rather than a key defender out on the pitch.


He's still a fan favourite and can certainly deputise well, but he's arguably no longer the quality a title-defending side like Manchester City require - and so likely won't be a starting player much this season.

4. Laurent Koscielny - Arsenal

Laurent Koscielny is a harsh one, as technically his absence from the Premier League is through injury rather than being dropped.


However, with new boss Unai Emery having arrived this summer at the Emirates - and having brought with him new centre back Sokratis - it will be interesting to see whether the Gunners captain can break back into the side.


He'll get his chances, no doubt, but it won't be easy for the 33-year-old Frenchman to lock down his starting berth once more - especially if the achilles tendon problem he's been out with has done anything to hamper his quality levels.

5. Grant Leadbitter - Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough's Grant Leadbitter has found his game time significantly reduced so far this season, managing just two Championship appearances for Tony Pulis' side.


A tough-tackling midfielder, Leadbitter is the traditional Pulis-mould player. However, as the Championship continues to shift in style and demand more of players' technical abilities, the 32-year-old has found himself left out in favour of others.


Likely this will continue throughout the league campaign, with club captain Leadbitter being relegated to a bit-part player who fills in a job when required.

6. Bailey Wright - Bristol City

Another club captain who's season has been scuppered by injury, Australian international Bailey Wright has failed to make a single appearance so far this season for Bristol City - both in competitive football and pre-season.


The 26-year-old suffered a thigh problem last season, which he reportedly played through a number of months of the league campaign with, and has needed a lengthy layoff.


He should return to the side once he's fit again, though questions will now always remain over possible re-occurrences of the injury.

7. Curtis Davies - Derby County

Frank Lampard's Derby County have started the season relatively well, though have been forced to do so largely without their club captain Curtis Davies.


Another injury victim, Davies' hamstring has been the thing to limit him to just one Championship appearance this season.


Reports have suggested it has taken the 33-year-old longer to recover from the injury than expected, and with his ever-advancing age the Englishman might find his manager looks less keen to give him regular minutes after his return.