Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has made his decision and Younes Kaboul has been named as the club’s new captain.
Jan Vertonghen had been tipped to take the armband covering the near future, but the boss appears to think that the French defender is the better man for the job.
Unsurprisingly, Kaboul says he is honoured to take over the role after Michael Dawson left for Hull City during the summer transfer window.
“I am delighted to have been given this responsibility. To follow in the footsteps of some of the legendary captains that have represented this football club is a fantastic honour,” he said.
“It is a great achievement for me on a personal level and I hope to help lead this team to great things in the future.”
It may be a surprising decision to some considering Kaboul’s fitness problems over the last couple of seasons.
They have meant he’s been in and out of the side frequently, which has made it difficult for him to nail down a consistent first team place.
However, this decision by the manager and the club suggests that Kaboul will be the figure the rest of the defence is built around.
What that means for Vertonghen, who was reportedly promised the role, and new signing Federico Fazio is unclear.
Spurs could be left with a situation where two extremely good centre-backs are battling for one place alongside Kaboul.
However, the situation which surrounded former Spurs skipper Ledley King demonstrated that it is possible to name a captain and have someone as a key figure, even if their first team appearances are inconsistent.
Kaboul is an extremely bullish and intimidating figure in Tottenham’s defence and someone who will stick up for his side in big games.
Here’s what Tottenham fans have made of the decision.