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Adams knows Younes is capaboul

Tony Adams has backed Younes Kaboul to have a major impact at Pompey, eyeing him as the eventually long term successor to Sol Campbell - even if he has surprised him a little with his quality: 'the kid has got fitter and stronger. He's gone in at centre-back and it's his best position. He can do a job on the right side.

'I don't see why Kaboul can't one day replace Sol. He has surprised me.'

To be honest, and I said as much to UKTony on Saturday, I thought that Kaboul was really unlucky to have been left out against Wigan at the weekend as I thought he was fantastic against Fulham and Liverpool - and I was at both so saw him first hand. The fella had a tough time at Spurs last season but the talent and ability that he was always said to have did not disappear during his time at Spurs, this move maybe came too soon in his career and his confidence was shot to pieces after mistakes?

The 22-year-old can play football, he is happy to bring the ball out of defence and his speed of recovery also seems impressive. Yep, he will make the odd mistake, but sometimes that is the only way that you learn - and I for one am more than happy with his signing, as I was at the time.

Clearly the Frenchman is not a midfielder though, that much was obvious from seeing him play in such a role against Chelski when we were spanked 4-0 in our opening game of the season, and subsequent ventures into a midfield role have also proved fruitless - this has led Adams to take a slight swipe at Harry Redknapp for playing him in such a role: 'it was unfair to play Kaboul in midfield at Chelsea on the first day of the season. Sometimes, that used to stick in Harry's head, a performance like that.'

To be fair though the same can be said of Adams, he has said that he will stick by Papa Bouba Diop - is it fair to continually play him on the right side of midfield...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday November 5 2008

Time: 11:49AM

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The title of this article made me gag..... I agree though I think Kaboul will be in the squad ahead of Campbell next season definately.
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05/11/2008 12:07:00

You did indeed Rug; however, your acute perceptions are let down by your headline writing ability. Perhaps you angle for a job on The Sun sports desk?
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05/11/2008 12:23:00

Its great to have someone who can deputise for Sol if needed, as the big fella aint getting any younger and is does miss a few matches, especially with all the european games coming up. I did wonder if Kaboul might be one of the players to be more unsettled by Harry's departure, but he seems quite happy - and statements like this from Tone will help too.
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05/11/2008 12:30:00

He has time on his side & no doubt his time will come. We are/will be short of defensive cover. How long for Campbell & Distin?
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05/11/2008 12:37:00

he had solid games at times and then he can just play very ordinary, no doubt he is talented enough to be the "next sol campbell"
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05/11/2008 13:05:00

Oh dear Rug, you must have nicked that headline out of my PR for beginers handbook. lol.

I am yet to be convinced by Kaboul, but he may come good in the end.
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05/11/2008 14:03:00

come on - the title aint that bad... ok maybe it is :-)
kaboul, fantastic defender in the making if you ask me. the guy was fantastic at anfield, and really good against fulham too.
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05/11/2008 17:20:00

awful title... the rests ok though. Kaboul could be a great defnder for the future, however last time I said that, martin cranie was playing amazingly, then went out on loan, broke a leg, and hasnt been the same since... let's hop kaboul is more lucky! (becuase boy does Adams need it!)
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05/11/2008 17:26:00

Hopefully a Campbell in the making isn't that why we bought him.. Adams statement about playing him in midfield tells us that he didn't any input into team selection whatsoever under Harry.. It'll be interesting to see who (rather than if) Younes flourishes.. If anybody can get the best out of a centre half it has to be tony surely...
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05/11/2008 19:01:00

I think he had SOME input... just not when it came to that... or when it came to deciding formations (*cough*3-5-2*cough)
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