We were aware that Younes Kaboul was returning to fitness but it was still a major surprise to see the French international start last night’s game at Newcastle, with club captain Michael Dawson relegated to the bench.
Kaboul gave us an early scare after a particularly slow retreat to his own half followed a foray upfield but overall it was a solid performance after a long absence.
“Everyone did a great job at Newcastle but to be up there, we need more again,” said the defender.
“We need to be hungry for victory in every game and do the extra two yards for each other. That’s the only way we’re going to be able to play in the Champions League.”
In his interview with the Evening Standard, Younes also reserved praise for Tim Sherwood and gave a brief insight into his training methods.
“He learned a lot in the past and the best fact is that he played football at a high level. He won the title with Blackburn in 1995, so he has plenty of experience. His playing career is important because he knows what it’s like for us,” Kaboul added.
“We don’t waste time on other stuff because he went through everything and he understands. He knows the game perfectly.”
The players now have a break before tackling Norwich in ten days’ time but does Younes Kaboul deserve to keep his place in the starting XI?