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?




  1. Kaboul makes it to sound like players are assisting Sherwood with his job. Sherwood is proving to be a strong character just like when he was a player. The way he handled Bentaleb introduction to the team firstly questionable but he didnt care about the pressure and his attitude seems to have worked for Capoue specially. I think Capoue looked for an easy way out but Sherwoods stance made some impact on Capoues attitude in a very much positive way. I reckon we will see similar change in attitude with Chadli soon as well as Lamela when he comes back after getting over his initial problems which were highlighted once more last week. It looks like with Sherwood its about winning the player rather than freezing him out which prevents dressing room split and eventual upheaval. I think by the end of the season we will hopefully a lot more improved Sherwood. By the way I just hope he gets Kaboul to sign a new deal too. He is out of contract in the summer.

  2. There’s no point giving him a new contract if he’s just gonna break down in the summer and miss a chunk of the season again.I sincerelyI hope this isn’t the case tho as that partnership has the potential to be epic.

  3. A fit Kaboul is no.1 choice for right centre back, with Vertonghen on the left. No question, our best pair. Dawson on the right and Vlad on.the left central defence are the back up. If Capoue sits in front of them and swaps with Sandro, we would be very solid.our main concern is the left full-back. Rose isn’t cut out for that position, and until Fryers has matured, I’d rather see Benny back.


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