Proof Pochettino has turned Kaboul into a better player in key area

Tottenham Hotspur captain Younes Kaboul is bang on when he says Mauricio Pochettino has been helping him in a key area.

Tottenham Hotspur captain Younes Kaboul has suggested that Mauricio Pochettino has been helping him read the game more effectively.

Kaboul says the Argentine has been helping him anticipate more, as he tries to enhance his ability to read the game and intercept danger before it develops.

“He is helping me to read the game. To read the game properly and to anticipate stuff. I think we have applied this already during the games,” said Kaboul.

So is Kaboul right?

  TeamPosInterception WonAppsMins
Etienne Capoue Spurs MF 23 7 616
Younes Kaboul Spurs DF 22 7 630
Danny Rose Spurs DF 19 7 605
Vlad Chiriches Spurs DF 10 2 180
Erik Lamela Spurs MF 8 7 600

He certainly is, because only one other Tottenham Hotspur player, Etienne Capoue, has made more successful interceptions so far this season.

Pochettino is likely to have realised the importance of Kaboul leading by example in key areas and his ability to act as an inspirational example for the rest of his Tottenham teammates in a key area.

Kaboul’s ability to read the game also allows Spurs to play a higher defensive line, which is significant because it allows them to press at the other end of the pitch more aggressively.

If Kaboul’s ability to read the game was not as effective this season, the whole back four would have to play slightly deeper, which invites pressure onto a side and limits them to counter attacks going forward.

It’s something that he needs to maintain over the course of the season and if he does so effectively, Tottenham should be in great shape as they go after Champions League football.

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