So much for that dramatic announcement, huh? Tottenham Hotspur have announced that their new captain is the man who's been wearing the armband all season, Younes Kaboul. He was the vice-captain under Michael Dawson, so it shouldn't be terribly surprising that he's been given the armband permanently.
Via the Twitter machine, Spurs shared some quotes from Mauricio Pochettino and Kaboul about the decision.
Mauricio: "@YounsKabs4 has shown me all the values needed to be a captain."— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 15, 2014
"@YounsKabs4: I am delighted to have been given this responsibility."— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 15, 2014
"@YounsKabs4: To follow in the footsteps of some of the legendary captains that have represented this football club is a fantastic honour."— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 15, 2014
"@YounsKabs4: It is a great achievement for me on a personal level and I hope to help lead this team to great things in the future."— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 15, 2014
Some fans expected Hugo Lloris or Jan Vertonghen to be given the armband due to Kaboul's declined physical abilities, but Pochettino seems to rate him quite a bit. Maybe he just does need a run of games to get back up to speed, and he'll be the old Kaboul again in no time.
Lloris is one of the vice-captains, but it's notable that the other vice captain is not Vertonghen, but Emmanuel Adebayor. Ade's been criticized for his inconsistent attitude for much of his career, but apparently Pochettino's seen something entirely different from him since arriving at the club. That's a pretty great development, if you ask me.