It's been a difficult season for Younes Kaboul. Suffering a setback in rehabilitation following his knee surgery last August, the 26 year old has had little opportunity to get a consistent spell in a Tottenham side desperately in need of defensive stability. The once calm, reliable French starlet has been just as culpable as any other in Spurs' defensive line this season. Whether this is down to a lack of organisation at managerial level or an issue of squad confidence is unimportant. Spurs need a leader. They haven't found it in Andre Villas Boas or Tim Sherwood. A lack of personality on the pitch and guile in the technical area has directly contributed to the slow starts and lack of resolve that has seen Spurs yet again fall short of the footballing standards that the fans expect. Talking to Spurs TV last week, Younes expressed his anguish at being sidelined for such a sizeable part of the season as well as his desire to get back in to the team. Although pressed to acknowledge the importance and honour associated with captaining the team by a Spurs reporter, Kaboul seems relatively uninterested with the stature of the role, symptomatic of the well-publicised identity crisis that has plagued this new group of players throughout this season. Michael Dawson embodies the character that Tottenham need as a captain, but lacks the technical ability to lead by example. Jan Vertonghen's recently bemoaned slump in both form and attitude has highlighted not only his petulance as a professional, but understandable frustration at the style in which big decisions at the club are being made. Whether rumours linking Kaboul with a move to Arsenal have any basis in truth or not, the fact that their existence has not been met with widespread dismissal speaks volumes. Not even 'Transfer Gossip First Daily ITK Expert' would bother dreaming up reports of Vincent Kompany relocating to Manchester United. The progression of the club both in the sense of the need to attract talent, as well as keeping the fans satisfied, is entirely dependant on the identity of the squad. Whether or not Tim Sherwood is the man to commandeer this task is a question open to debate. What Tottenham do need, however, is a captain who understands the importance of representing the club. A captain that can lead by example, rouse the dressing room and speak for the team. Aaron Lennon is not the man for the job. Nor is Michael Dawson. Younes Kaboul, the towering French international may well be this man. He must however conduct himself in such a way to ensure rumours of his departure, especially to Tottenham's bitter rivals, could never materialise without ridicule.