Collymore: Nabil Bentaleb should be captain, not Harry Kane

Stan Collymore has suggested that Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino made the wrong call over his captain yesterday.

Former Liverpool and Aston Villa forward Stan Collymore suggested that Mauricio Pochettino got his call over Tottenham’s captaincy wrong for the game against Burnley.

In-form striker Harry Kane was named as skipper for the match, but Collymore has suggested that Pochettino should have named midfielder Nabil Bentaleb as leader when other candidates aren’t available.

Kane has been the club’s best attacking player this season, but Collymore has suggested that Bentaleb would have been a better choice because of the position and role he plays in the current side.

Bentaleb is arguably the heartbeat of the current team and the man who links defence and midfield, as well as the midfield and attack.

He’s important in terms of setting the pace and tempo of Tottenham’s play as well as providing that little bit of aggression and leading by example in terms of the way he gets stuck in during big games for the club.

Pochettino can’t be blamed for giving Kane the extra responsibility because he’s been the club’s best player, but there would have been merit in handing Bentaleb the role on a short term basis.

Bentaleb does have the making of a future captain for Tottenham as does Kane and the pair’s teammate Ryan Mason.

There are plenty of options when Pochettino reviews the situation looking ahead to next season because it would be a major surprise if firstly, Younes Kaboul stays at the club and secondly, if he stays skipper.

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