Is Dimas worthy of Wanderers captaincy?

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After being seen laughing just moments after his side’s 2-1 defeat to Brisbane Roar, Western Sydney Wanderers fans were quick to question Dimas and his captaincy.

While there’s nothing wrong with exchanging laughs with a former teammate, the fact Dimas was doing it so soon after his side suffered a last minute 2-1 defeat made it hard to swallow for Western Sydney supporters.

Though the incident itself isn’t enough to threaten Dimas’ captaincy, it does raise some very valid questions over whether he has done enough with it.

Given the captain’s armband after a relatively successful first season with the club and Nikolai Topor-Stanley’s departure, Dimas has struggled both as a player and captain.

On a playing level, he hasn’t really caught the eye as he floats around in midfield somewhat anonymous without Andreu next to him.

Though three assists and 25 chances aren’t a horrible return, the Spaniard just doesn’t have much of an influence over the red and black midfield with Kearyn Baccus in recent matches having a far greater impact upon games.

As a holding midfielder, ill-discipline has also inevitably become an issue with six yellow cards and 32 fouls from the 33-year-old setting a very bad example for a side that is struggling with restraint.

Scott Neville’s sending off on the weekend for a second yellow card was the Wanderers fifth red of the season, two more than any other club.

While an issue that can’t rest solely on Dimas’ shoulders, as a captain he hasn’t set the best example and hasn’t done enough to demand discipline from his teammates.

As a captain Dimas just doesn’t seem to have the commanding presence both Michael Beauchamp or Topor-Stanley had; both of whom were more than capable of lifting their sides and demanding more from their teammates at the important moments.

Though an under-strengthened side and two new home grounds haven’t helped his cause, Dimas really needs to step up in the coming weeks and prove he’s worthy of wearing that band on his arm.

With the Wanderers needing work if they are to reach the finals, now is no time to be laughing.

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Joshua Thomas
Joshua Thomas
A football fanatic and journalism student who won't leave you wondering about any Wanderers news this season as I cover all things Red and Black for The Football Sack.

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