Every year, Tottenham are linked with a galaxy of stars. On the forums you read ‘We need a striker, we need a left back, we need a centre half’ and so on and so on. Virtually a whole team, despite just being a couple of wins from a Champions league space last season.
The ITK’s come out of the woodwork claiming that a friend of a friend of Daniel Levy’s gardener has heard ********* (insert any world class player you wish), is in talks with the club about an imminent deal.
We as fans get caught up in frenzy, thinking we need new players – any player. We don’t care who. Just buy someone!
Sometimes the solution is closer to your doorstep than you think. Looking at the forums, you see all this talk about Chris Samba and how we’re desperate to get him, giving them half our squad and £10 million for the services of the French-born Congolese defender.
I just can’t see why we would need him. We already have a player in our squad who is potentially twice the player. He’s fast, strong, excellent on the ball and is a goal scoring threat. He is technically and physically as good as any ball playing centre-half in the league.
I know your probably thinking – we know,but King won’t last forever and Dawson needs a long term defensive partner.
You could never replace a fully fit King. A player like that only comes once every 20 years. To my mind, if King had kept fit, it would have been Terry and Rio who would have been fighting for the right to partner the Tottenham player in the heart of the England’s defence. No, I was thinking of Younis Kaboul.
Kaboul has yet to reach his potential. The former Auxerre player has had an interesting football journey. He was an established member of Auxerre’s French cup winning team and captain of the under-21 team. Great things were being written about the boy from Saint- Julien-en- Genevois.
Despite having offers from some big teams such as Chelsea, Inter Milan and Liverpool, he joined Tottenham in the summer of 2007.
With the addition of Bale, these signings looked like assured long term investments, with both having the physical and footballing ability to be mainstays at Tottenham for years.
Unfortunately, despite a promising start (he scored on his home debut), Kaboul found it very difficult to cope with the pace of the Premier League at a time when Spurs were struggling.
Having ability is one thing, but having the understanding of playing centre-half in the English game is another. Countless times he was exposed and more importantly was effecting Dawson’s game. Dawson was being exposed, as his youthful partner would go AWOL.
The lad had to take a backward step before he could go forward and going to Portsmouth was like going back to school. Under the tutelage of Redknapp and perhaps more importantly Tony Adams, he started to understand the game, producing some heroic performances, scoring 5 goals in 50 games.
On his return, he came back a more disciplined player, not trying to be the best player on the pitch and remembering he was a defender first. He has had some memorable moments, his assist for Crouch’s goal at the City of Manchester Stadium being the highlight, closely followed by the winner at the Emirates.
This season is a massive one for Kaboul, with emerging talents like Caulker on his heels, he really does need to establish himself, reaching the heights his potential deserves. The kid can do everything needed by a centre half, he just needs to a) believe it himself and b) be given a chance by Redknapp.
Dawson and a new improved Kaboul could save us £10 million and that could be invested in the striker all Tottenham fans are craving for.