Tottenham finally announced their new captain today, and Frenchman Younes Kaboul was the surprise choice at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham have made a decent start to life under new manager Mauricio Pochettino, with the Argentine overseeing two wins, a draw and a defeat as Spurs lie in sixth place - one point above North London rivals Arsenal.
Pochettino looks set to continue the good work he became known for at Southampton by steadying the usually rocky ship at White Hart Lane after a summer of modest spending and calculated arrivals of young players. Eric Dier, Federico Fazio DeAndre Yedlin, Ben Davies, Benjamin Stambouli and Michel Vorm all arrived as Pochettino focused on improving a leaky defence with a number of reinforcements.
The club did however fail to land Villarreal's Mateo Musacchio. When a deal for the Argentine failed, Pochettino turned his attention to another of his compatriots in Sevilla's Fazio, and an £8m deal was completed in August as Spurs looked to find a long-term partner for Jan Vertonghen - or at least that's how it appeared.
Fazio has yet to start a Premier League game as Pochettino has chosen to pair Vertonghen with Frenchman Younes Kaboul so far, and now there are question marks hanging over the Spurs defence after the captains armband was handed to Kaboul today following the departure of another defender, Michael Dawson, to Hull City.
Kaboul becoming captain suggests that Pochettino sees him as an integral part of the defence in North London, so unless he surprises us all and uses a back three from now on, one of Fazio or Vertonghen will be out of the side.
Strength in depth is great and the sign of a top team, but Fazio has only just arrived having been such a key part of the Sevilla side which won the Europa League last season. With aspirations of breaking back into the Argentina national team, 27-year-old Fazio would have been expecting a large role in the Spurs team - but that now looks unlikely with Kaboul's captaincy.
Vertonghen should be one of the first names on the teamsheet given his generally solid displays for Spurs since joining from Ajax in 2012, but with the likes of Barcelona and Napoli reportedly interested in the Belgian in the summer, Tottenham may be slightly nervous about his future - and strength in depth will prevent them from losing too much if he is sold on.
The decision to hand Kaboul the armband is slightly strange, but Pochettino will surely answer any questions over his defensive pecking order in the coming months.