Ex-Gunner Smith suggests Tottenham's problem isn't the manager or board

White Hart Lane 3

Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith suggests the problem at Tottenham Hotspur is a lack of leadership.

Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith has suggested Tottenham Hotspur need leadership to pull themselves out of the inconsistency which has plagued the side so far this season.

Spurs have shown glimpses they can play extremely well under Mauricio Pochettino but have suffered four Premier League defeats after Europa League games already this season, which is a problem.

“I think the problem there is leadership – Captain Younes Kaboul hasn’t had a great season and they need a leader,” said Smith on Sky Sports News.

There have been one or two examples already this season where a strong leader out on the pitch may have had an impact on results.

A good example is the start of the second half against Newcastle United, a match which Spurs went on to lose 2-1.

Spurs were 1-0 up as their players came out for the second 45 minutes, but with Newcastle ready to kick off, Kaboul was tying his bootlaces and several of his Tottenham teammates were on the back foot and not ready for the first attack which saw Sammy Ameobi equalise.

Hopefully Spurs will have now learned their less and Kaboul should have the determination to ensure that the side isn’t take advantage of again in similar instances over the rest of the season.

Kaboul needs to step up because he was given the armband ahead of several other good candidates dotted around the Tottenham team such as Hugo Lloris or Jan Vertonghen.

He is Pochettino’s leader on the pitch and he needs to show just why, ripping into his teammates if they switch off in key moments during big games.

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch