Perry Kitchen hasn’t been with Hearts of Midlothian very long, but the U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder is set to assume the ultimate leadership role with the Scottish club.
Hearts announced on Wednesday that manager Robbie Neilson has appointed Kitchen as club captain for the 2016-17 season. Kitchen, who becomes the first American to captain the club, joined the Jambos back in March after leaving D.C. United
“I’ve been impressed by Perry’s attitude, desire and, of course, his performances from day one,” Neilson said. “He’s a natural and leads by example both on and off the park. He’s also a really good player and will inspire those around him to reach the highest standards. Ideally, we want 11 captains on the pitch every week.
“In recent times we’ve had Don Cowie lead the team out and Alim Ozturk skippered us to third place last season, so there’s that experience already there that will help us through games. I’d like to thank Alim for the huge part he played, and will continue to play, in helping the team to the top end of the league. It’s now Perry’s time to take over that responsibility and I’ve absolutely no doubt that he will flourish in the role of Hearts captain.”
Since making the move to Hearts, Kitchen has featured in 19 matches. The club returns to action on Saturday against Ross County.