Has Younes Kaboul blown his last big chance at Spurs?

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The Tottenham Hotspur skipper was given a chance to show he has learnt from his mistakes last night. Things didn't quite go to plan...

After last night's tepid 1-0 Europa League defeat to Besiktas, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino might just think to himself: 'what's the point of giving people a second chance?'

For the Argentine can't be accused of being unfair to captain Younes Kaboul. In fact, Pochettino has been overly fair to the Frenchman.

Before, the Spurs boss was actually being rather irresponsible, continually naming the skipper in his side despite poor display after poor display. The 28-year-old being named captain in the first place was a mistake.

But Pochettino learnt and duly dropped Kaboul, giving him the chance to prove himself to Tottenham fans once again last night.

All the centre-back proved in Istanbul, however, was just how right the Spurs boss was to drop him right down the pecking order at White Hart Lane.

Kaboul was slow, cumbersome and ineffective. He did not form a strong partnership with Vlad Chiriches and he, ultimately, cost Tottenham the game.

It was the Frenchman's poor decision making on the ball that led to Besiktas's winner - not for the first time this season - and the 28-year-old now has a long way to go if he is ever to return to the role of first-choice central defender.

In fact, Kaboul may just have blown his last big chance at Tottenham. Pochettino has been lenient enough with the Spurs skipper - but reality might soon hit. If it does, Kaboul is surely a prime candidate for a January exit.

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