Pochettino on the reason Younes Kaboul is not starting for Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur captain Younes Kaboul is not being picked purely for footballing reasons according to his manager.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has been speaking about his club captain Younes Kaboul.

The French defender started the season as a regular in Spurs’ starting line-up but he has not seen any action in the last six league matches, three of which he spent on the bench and the other three out of the match-day squad all together.

Kaboul came in for criticism from many following a series of below-par performances in the opening months of the campaign, and it now appears Tottenham have settled on a centre-back pairing of Federico Fazio and Jan Vertonghen.

Following rumours that Kaboul could be one of the players to leave White Hart Lane in January, Pochettino has revealed the simple reason he is not currently involved.

In comments published by Sky Sports, the Tottenham boss said, “It’s a football decision, there is no other explanation.

“When you decide to pick the starting XI it’s not because he’s captain or that his name is different from another. You pick the player because it’s your job and it’s my decision.”

Given the form of Fazio and Vertonghen it remains to be seen how many more matches Kaboul will play for Tottenham this season, but they remain in enough competitions for him to get further chances to impress his boss.

But if he does not do so, the player who re-signed for Tottenham from Portsmouth for a reported £5million in 2010 could see his days at the club numbered.

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