One question has been on everyone’s lips in regards to Tottenham’s future. That question is who will be the next player to take us forward? Who will be our next captain?
For me there are two obvious contenders, however I believe the club will be deciding between three; Younes Kaboul, Jan Vertonghen and Hugo Lloris. All three players do have a claim to the throne which was once inhabited by our very own Ledley King, and kept warm by Michael ‘captain fantastic’ Dawson. We are now however are in a process of transition and a new era is taking place. It’s vital for Poch to pick his own captain, but he can’t ignore the fans and their feelings.
The club’s additional player to the list I believe would be Younes Kaboul however he won’t be the player on most fans lips. Since 2012/2013 Kaboul has made limited appearances for the club, due to a long-term injury which has impaired his once very sharp progress for the club, with Kaboul being one of our top performers in the 2011-2012 season helping us to a fourth place finish.
Debut* – 11th August 2007
Appearances – 123
Goals – 8
Appearances – 17
Passing accuracy – 84%
Defensive errors – 4
Goals – 1
The speedy centre back remembered for ‘out-pacing’ Gabby Agbonlahor was once a huge prospect who could have been one of the very best. His pace, (Lennon, Walker and Bale all said they Kabs had beat them in a 100 metre race) aerial ability and interceptions allowed him to excel in the centre back position with a lot of Spurs fans comparing him to Ledley King. Injury has however prevented Kaboul from playing as much as he would like, with a lot of people believing Levy would try to get rid of him during the passing summer transfer window (2014) however it appears that Pochettino is a fan, with Kaboul appearing in all three games so far this season, with the club opting to sell club captain Michael Dawson instead – which is the whole reason we are having this discussion now. I believe that whether due to injury or form, Kaboul will lose his place in the side, with Vertonghen, Fazio, Dier and Chiriches most probably beating Kaboul in the pecking order. Despite this, it is possible that Kaboul will become ‘Club captain’ with one of the other contenders becoming ‘On-field captain’ which was a similar role that Dawson had at the beginning of the 2012/2013 season.
Since joining Spurs in 2012 Jan Vertonghen was an instant hit with the fans and the players. His ability to sense danger and tackle with incredible accuracy as well as knock in a few goals meant that Jan flourished in a Spurs shirt from the get go, resulting in his name being in the running for the role of Captain.
Debut* – 25th August 2012
Appearances – 59
Passing accuracy – 88%
Defensive errors – 4
Super Jan Vertonghen would have been the first name on everyone’s lips before his antics last season. His first season for us was truly terrific; he proved that he was one of the top centre-backs in the Premier League and in all honestly the world, with Real Madrid and Barcelona supposedly after him in the following transfer window. However something went wrong last season, he became uninterested and almost non-existent in games, with his passion seemingly disappearing on and off the field.
The prospect of a new contract is however now into great fruition, with it now becoming a great possibility. Here’s hoping that that brings back the old Jan Vertonghen; the Jan Vertonghen that I wouldn’t mind being our captain. Staying injury free, Vertonghen could yet again prove he is one of the best in the world and give Spurs that final push into a top four finish, but that would have to be in conjunction with a good attitude and passion. My preference on who should be the new captain literally coincides with what Vertonghen turns up this season. Last season’s Jan – Hugo Lloris (see below), 2012/2013’s Jan – Super Jan should be captain.
Tottenham’s number 1 had a tricky start to his life at White Hart Lane. Somehow Levy captured one of the best ‘keepers in the world (I reckon he lied and said he was the chairman of Barcelona or something) and despite Hugo’s accolades he did not secure a starting place in Spurs’ first team straight away. Friedel kept his place until the end of November, which was kind of fair enough as Friedel had done nothing wrong, however once Hugo was given his chance it was evident why he should be Tottenham’s number one for the future – The 10 games which Lloris didn’t play in Spurs lost 4 of them, compared to the same amount of losses in 27 games in which Lloris featured.
Debut* – 7th October 2012
Appearances – 67
Clean sheets – 25
Being captain of his national team France is an obvious bonus as Hugo will benefit from the experience of previously captaining a side, however a downside is that he is a goalkeeper and a lot of players will struggle to hear him, with his message struggling to get to every member of the team. This is typically why centre-backs and centre-midfielders are chosen as captains as it is easy for them to be loud, vocal and shout at referees.
My personal opinion is that our new captain should be Hugo Lloris, he completely fits the bill and is well accustomed to leading a successful team. The other candidates don’t hold a strong enough grasp to the reins due to injuries, commitment and first-team opportunities (not all apply to both players) which coincides with the two twitter polls I conducted (pre and post Vertonghen’s impending contract signing).
1st place – Hugo Lloris with 113 votes
2nd place – Jan Vertonghen with 23 votes
3rd place Younes Kaboul with 2 votes