Kaboul should partner Vertonghen at centre-back for Tottenham, say readers

After completing his move to White Hart Lane from Dutch giants Ajax, the Belgian international looks set for a key role under Andre Villas-Boas this coming campaign
New Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas is spoilt for choice at centre-back ahead of the new league season, and after clinching the signing of Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen, with Younes Kaboul the man chosen by Goal.com readers to be his preferred centre-back partner.

The 25-year-old versatile defender moved to White Hart Lane to continue the club's dramatic overhaul this summer and looks set to play a key part. Comfortable at left-back as much as in the middle, with Benoit Assou-Ekotto already well established, it looks as if the Belgian will be asked to play in the middle.

In terms of who his playing partner will be, Younes Kaboul absolutely stormed the poll, picking up 63.18 per cent of the votes after an excellent season last year for Harry Redknapp's side.

Way back in second place the gone, but not quite forgotten, was Michael Dawson on 16.03% after he missed the majority of last season with a ruptured ankle ligament injury, but being a former skipper of the side, he's likely to figure prominently upon his return to fitness.

The highly-rated Steven Caulker came in third with 8.75% of the vote after enjoying an excellent debut season in the top flight last term on loan at Swansea, while William Gallas trailed behind on 2.64% as his time at the club looks like coming to an end.

In stone last, as you might expect, was Sebastien Bassong, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Wolves before they were relegated to bring an end to a miserbale year for the Cameroon international, after finding himself way down the pecking order.

With the club seemingly reasonably well-stocked at centre-back, it may come as something of a sign how far Gallas and Bassong have fallen in recent times that an unspecified new signing at centre-back came in above them, polling 3.05% of the vote.

The readers seem fairly unanimous on the choice, with Jacob Curtis stating: "Kaboul is an absolute beast! Hands down one of the most dedicated Spurs players!" Meanwhile, Tony says: "It could be any of Dawson, Kaboul or Caulker, but I voted for the obvious in Kaboul. With these four and hopefully Ledley King as cover, [we can] give Vertonghen a rest in his first season so we have a very good back five."