Whoever is made captain for next season should be the best candidate for the role and not just the longest serving player or most local player to Dens. As we have still to sign around a dozen or more players that decision is best left for July.
The year he won the award, CK fully deserved to be POTY. Great performances combined with undoubted potential at the time.
Since then there has generally been an obvious drop in the level of his performances, to the point he just needed to be dropped/rested. He had become a liability. Having said that I reckon all players go through these phases and its more how they deal with them and come out the other end. It could also be said that his loss of form coincided with various of our teams falling apart tbh. Making him captain/vice captain at that time was a nonsense and I'll never understand the decision.
I'll agree that he hasn't been helped in recent years by the lack of assistance in front of him but as a full back you must know this is often going to happen and you have to be able to deal with it. If a full back is going to get skinned when one on one most times the opposition attacks, you are not going to be much use as a defence.
CK has a good number of attributes and more than just merits a new deal at this football club. Things will not be that much easier for him in the Championship next season and he needs to step up to the plate. Forget about being captain, forget about attacking and defending in the same breath, forget about crossing balls like Beckham and forget about being one of our own. Start by doing the basics really, really well.