The arrival of Mauricio Pochettino was warmly welcomed by all of the Tottenham players and supporters, but it hasn't taken Younes Kaboul long to fall out with his manager after the duo had a "row" concerning the Frenchman's common appearances on the bench, reports the Daily Express.
The Argentine has firmly told Kaboul that his captaincy should not determine his starting place on the pitch and warned the 28-year-old that a slump in attitude could lead to him being put up for sale in January.
The defender is seen as a club legend in North London, spending five years with Spurs which excludes a short switch to Portsmouth. In total, Kaboul has made a century of appearances exactly for the Lilywhites but he is failing to exceed on that due to a poor run of form leading to a regular bench starting position.
Jan Vertonghen is the most popular choice at centre-back for Pochettino whilst Federico Fazio and Younes Kaboul are often rotated, causing unsettlement which could justify an under-performing season.
But with the improving form of Spurs, primarily down to the more relaxed deputisation of Federico Fazio, the former Pompey man has a serious uphill struggle to climb in order to reclaim his place back into the gaffer's plans for the future.
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Kaboul's poor form
The 28-year-old was expected to be a full time replacement for summer's departing captain, Michael Dawson, but a shameful series of catastrophic circus shows for Kaboul has resulted in a regular place on the bench.
When asked to explain on his absence from the starting line up, Pochettino confirmed to reporters: “Sometimes you play, sometimes you do not. I am the head coach and I decide the player for each game.”
Elsewhere, Spurs have landed Seattle Sounders full back DeAndre Yedlin finally after a work permit had been accepted to the American. The arrival of the youngster adds yet more stability into the Tottenham back line.