Why Ryan Sessegnon's captaincy snub represents a worrying situation at Fulham
When Tom Cairney came off the pitch in Fulham’s match with Manchester City on Saturday, the Fulham captain removed his armband.
But what surprised many is what happened next — Cairney handed the precious armband to Ryan Babel.
Many would have been delighted to see another Ryan — Ryan Sessegnon — receive the armband in his 100th senior appearance, but the snub of the Fulham academy product is a worrying sign for the Whites.
Babel only joined the club in January and was signed on a short-term deal until the end of the season. It was a baffling decision, as opposed to giving Sessegnon the captaincy, a player who has been at Fulham for the best part of a decade and truly loves the club.
The armband may not have been the most influential part of the match on Saturday, but it speaks volumes in a symbolic sense.
In a season filled with so many devastating moments, gifting the armband to a club legend and beloved player would have been a beautiful scene.
But the snub of Sessegnon reveals a worrying deeper story, that may indicate a potential departure of the 18-year-old this summer or a lack of leadership from the youngster.