Somewhat surprisingly, Tottenham captain Younes Kaboul was the stand out omission from Sunday’s trip to the KC Stadium.
The Frenchman’s absence appears to be shrouded in mystery, with the real reason for his disappearance being kept quiet.
Having not featured for his country in France’s 1-0 victory over Sweden, it was thought that Kaboul would be fresh and ready for the test at Hull City.
According to Mauricio Pochettino he was concerned about a number of first-team stars, stating that ‘several’ members of his squad were fitness doubts.
The manager’s decision to not name names has been perceived in different ways; he may have simply been keeping Steve Bruce in the dark regarding team selection, however he may have been covering for his decision to drop his recently appointed skipper.
When Kaboul was named as captain following the departure of Michael Dawson, the response was mixed. Many Spurs fans were concerned about Kaboul’s ability at the highest level; the fact that he became captain was a worry as it could give him an assured place in the starting line up at the expense of Jan Vertonghen or Federico Fazio.
With the North Londoners sitting tenth in the Premier League it’s fair to say results have been disappointing. Beaten at home by Stoke City and Newcastle United, the Spurs defence has been shambolic.
Kaboul appears to demonstrate a worrying lack of leadership and his comments slating his team-mates after the Newcastle game may have been the final straw.
Could Pochettino have decided enough is enough? The Spurs camp were coy when it came to Kaboul, with Match of the Day claiming he had been left out for ‘private reasons’.
Either way Pochettino has a decision on his hands. If Kaboul really was injured, does his skipper walk back into the team?
The Tottenham captain is not expected to feature in Thursday’s Europa League match, however with a huge game against Everton on Sunday it will be interesting to see where Kaboul fits in.
With heavy levels of criticism coming from all angles, the end of his Spurs career may just be about to begin.