Allardyce's first job at Sunderland: To do what Pochettino did at Spurs

The new Sunderland boss needs to be firm about who can help his side stay up. One man in particular should be shown the exit door.

As Sam Allardyce takes the reins at Sunderland, an immediate task faces him. The 60-year-old must assess his squad and, with matters so dire on Wearside, discard any player he feels isn't good enough to help preserve the club's Premier League status.

And Big Sam should look no further than Younes Kaboul. He needs to do with the centre-back exactly what Mauricio Pochettino did with him at Tottenham Hotspur last season.

No, he shouldn't bizarrely make him club captain but he should accept that Kaboul simply isn't good enough for Sunderland and drop him indefinitely.

Indeed, even after being named club skipper at White Hart Lane last term, the Tottenham boss had no choice but to axe the struggling Kaboul from his first team. It's been a decision fans in north London have been delighted with ever since.

During his time at the Stadium of Light - not unlike his last season at Spurs - Kaboul, too, has looked way out of his depth; all at sea.

Allardyce is a man who can get struggling players to improve, of course, but many have since acknowledged that Sunderland buying Kaboul from Tottenham was a mistake.

It was a relegation gamble when it happened and, if the Frenchman is allowed to continue jeopardising the Black Cats' chances of earning clean sheets, it will simply be arrogance and ignorance when things matter most.

It's okay waiting for a player who has been terrible for months to *maybe* come good. But not when relegation is at stake.

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