Last year’s Spurs captain Michael Dawson, who made 324 appearances for the White Hart lane club in nine years, joined Hull in a £3 million deal on Tuesday.

So far new Spurs boss Pochettino has used defender Younes Kaboul as captain in both league games, which his side have won, this season, while French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris led the side in the Europa League against AEL Limassol.

Spurs face the Cypriot’s in the second leg of their play off round tomorrow night, and Pochettino said: “We decided to let Michael go because it was the best thing for him.

“He would not get regular games this season.