Has captain appointment been Mauricio Pochettino's biggest error at Spurs so far?


Naming Younes Kaboul as Tottenham Hotspur captain may have been Mauricio Pochettino's biggest mistake at White Hart Lane so far.

It's fair to say that things haven't gone according to plan for Mauricio Pochettino since being appointed as Tottenham Hotspur boss. 

The Argentine was tasked with being the man to help guide the side to a top-four finish, but their problems seem to have been exacerbated since his arrival.

Spurs have looked weak at the back and poor going forward, with very little style or threat to their play evident. 

As a result, they have already lost four of their first six homes games and have fallen to 12th position in the Premier League table, after a recent defeat to Stoke City.

Pochettino is the third manager to fail to bring the best out of this faltering Spurs side in recent times and he cannot be held fully culpable for the side's failings. 

The quality in the squad doesn't match up to their expectations and too many of the players seem apathetic to the side's progress.

There is a sense that mediocrity has become the norm at White Hart Lane and the players do not appear to have the heart or determination to break the side out of their slump. 

The former Southampton manager can also not be blamed for the fact that he didn't have the funds to bring in his first-choice targets over the summer (although a discussion can be had over how he spent what budget he had). 

However, there have been a worrying amount of errors made in a short space of time by Pochettino and his biggest may just have been to make Younes Kaboul his captain.

The French defender was a surprise choice to wear the armband and the pressure of the role does not seem to have enhanced his performance levels.

Instead the centre-back has regressed and he is a major reason behind the club's disjointed form so far.

By making Kaboul captain, Pochettino has effectively confirmed that the 28-year-old is a big part of his starting line-up, but he should be taken out of the team.

“When we decided to put the armband on him, it is because we feel there is something special about him,” Pochettino said upon appointing him

Whatever that quality Pochettino saw in Kaboul was, it hasn't been on display so far and many feel that he is part of the problem at White Hart Lane. 

Kaboul has never been one of Spurs's notable performers and by rewarding him with the captaincy, it seems like Pochettino was rewarding mediocrity. 

In that sense Kaboul is leading by example at the moment and his under-performing standards are ones that are being replicated throughout the team. 

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