Pochettino: There is 'something special' about this Spurs star

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino believes there is something special about his new captain Younes Kaboul.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino says that there is something special about Younes Kaboul.

The Frenchman, who was announced as the club's captain for the upcoming campaign earlier in the summer, was a rock at the heart of Spurs' back-four in the North-London derby at the weekend and Pochettino has wasted no time singing his praises. 

“When we decided to put the armband on him, it is because we feel there is something special about him,” Pochettino said to Sky Sports.

“He is a very good guy, a big character, like other players like Hugo [Lloris] and [Emmanuel] Adebayor. But it is important to feel that you have a captain whose qualities you believe in."

Kaboul's pressing high up the field led to Tottenham's first-goal of the match and his overall defensive display was a major reason for them getting a point against Arsenal.

He still remains a controversial selection as captain, though, as many Spurs supporters feel as if he is someone who could be upgraded.

Kaboul has a troublesome injury record at White Hart Lane, whilst he has also been exposed in big games previously in his career.

Despite being a powerful figure, his defending can be erratic at times and that was a major reason why Spurs' defence was so porous last season.

However, if Pochettino can continue to get the level of performance out of Kaboul as he did at the weekend, as a result of giving him the armband, then it will be an inspired choice.

The 1-1 draw represents a decent result for Tottenham who have a poor record against their London rivals and they will be hoping to build on this performance. 

The side have started the season rather disappointingly, but this credible point may be just what they need to turn their form round and the Lilywhites will be keen to pick up against a much needed three points in their next Premier League fixture against Southampton.

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