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Stand up... Younes Kaboul

Step up Younes Kaboul!

I love this guy, his passion, determination, no frills football is perfect for replacing Jonno.

He played there in a few games towards the end of last term, and shone. He had a brilliant ability to surge down the flank, much like Johnson and deliver some nice balls in and can score a goal!

He is obviously much bigger than Johnson yet doesn't lack the speed, and can tackle harder. I think he may even be a better player than Johnson given a whole season like Jonno was.

Much cheaper, wiser and easier option than hunting down for someone new. Of course we would need a back up, but then again we need a whole new team
it seems, I'm just talking about the main man, Kaboul! :)

Thoughts on this???

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Date:Tuesday June 16 2009

Time: 12:14PM

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it is right that kaboul did come in and do a job, he is strong, powerful and got forward well - with his defensive qualities better than johnson's, who is no slouch of course...
that said i really do not think that kaboul is a long-term right back - i would even say i think he will be 'wasted' at right back, he is the big, powerful, commanding central defender we will need next season. he has leadership qualities for me, can play football so will do this from the back but would be better suited to a central defender slot...
if we did not buy in then i would have marc wilson and martin cranie as the right back options, we also have that kid, is it hurst that we signed from west brom - altho is he a left back? i cannot remember...
so, like i say, nice idea but not a right back for me.
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16/06/2009 12:18:00

passion, determination... yes, he's a good player. But don't we need him at centre back, given than sol campbell is probably going to leave?
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16/06/2009 12:18:00

is sol going to leave tho? i totally expected this, but maybe not - i still think distin could, but would happily have kaboul alongside either sol or distin tbh...
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16/06/2009 12:21:00

and wasn't the kid James Hurst?
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16/06/2009 12:21:00

yep, that is the one and he is a right back.
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16/06/2009 12:24:00

well, even if sol doesn't leave, he won't be able to play every game, and probably won't be able to play the full 90minutes that often...
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16/06/2009 12:25:00

if anyone can step into Johnson's boots, it's Kaboul. I've generally been quite impressed with him, so I'm happy for him to get shoved in there.
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16/06/2009 13:02:00

What about Martin Cranie?? He's a regular England U21 so must be quite good and surelyy deserves a chance??
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16/06/2009 13:03:00

When Kaboul left Spurs, plenty of them were happy to see the back of him, but some prophecied that he would be back to bite them on the bum. Especially, they said, with Sol Campbell and Tony Adams there to coach him. Unfortunately, TA has gone and so I hope Sol will stay another year and Kaboul will take on board all Campbell has to teach him. He still seems young but I think he is class and will do for me!
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16/06/2009 13:29:00

yep, its cranie or probably even wilson for me aswell - not going to go over my kaboul thoughts again, just view them above...
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16/06/2009 13:30:00

i thought he showed good promise towards the end of the season. However, we still need cover if we lose Johnno
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16/06/2009 14:52:00

We could be without an entire back four, so Kaboul could cover a few positions, just hope he stays fit for long enough!
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16/06/2009 16:46:00

yes,i think i aggree with a whole season in that position he would become an amazing player and possibly better glen. tot sighed him for 6 million cos he looked so good but didnt perform. but i think he has matured and is now a strong pacey controled player. i can't see who else could posibly replace glen without spending over the odds.
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16/06/2009 18:20:00

And we were linked with tyrone mears today the derby rb don,t alot about him said to be 750.000 deal. dont think he could be any sort of replacement to glen really.
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16/06/2009 18:23:00

I see YK as a good central defender not a right back; some of spurs were pleased to see him go but that is because he was outspoken about that clubs bahaviour to Jol. You don't here too many complaints from him here just good maximum effort football; he will need to cut out some of the silly errors and lash outs if he is to go from good to great
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16/06/2009 18:47:00

I see YK as a good central defender not a right back; some of spurs were pleased to see him go but that is because he was outspoken about that clubs bahaviour to Jol. You don't here too many complaints from him here just good maximum effort football; he will need to cut out some of the silly errors and lash outs if he is to go from good to great
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16/06/2009 18:47:00

I agree we need Kaboul to be a central defender next season - the right back slot is going to be hard to fill, we can't expect to replace Johnno with anyone as good - but what about Micah Richards?
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16/06/2009 19:55:00

Agree with most Kaboul is a central defender, but can cover, Wilson is really center mid, but also can cover, Crainie plays right back although still young, may have a future as a center back too
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16/06/2009 20:15:00

Tracy Micah Richards Citeah were said to be willing to let him go to try & get Lescott so could be worth a punt also plays center or right.
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16/06/2009 20:21:00

I can't see wilson making it as a premiership central midfielder to be honest. He COULD make it at right back, as he showed that he is very good at crossing. and central defence... hmmm...
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16/06/2009 20:26:00

kaboul plays best at CB imho, i'd like to see cranie given a shot at right back. played well the other night, looks very promising!
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16/06/2009 21:18:00

I would love to have this back four - Wilson, Kaboul, Distin, Cranie and maybe some back up players... they are mentioning Mears for instance and Belhadj can play at left back too although I think that he should always play in midfield. Kaboul is very strong man who loves playing for Pompey. I see a good future for him down here.
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Johnson gone, Liverpool back in for Distin, Sol done and dusted he will pop up at Gallatasary or somewhere equally exotic where you get paid to stand on the edge of the 18 yard box and smile. A month until the take over is confirmed and Spurs will be ready to drop you another bunch of unwanted talent and your new right back will be Pascal Chimbonda. Extra lucky Pompey.
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17/06/2009 06:22:00

whatever happens tho teddy pompey will carry on - that is the mosy important thing!
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17/06/2009 07:57:00

I've been a fan of Kab for some time now. I can't say I knew alot about him at Spurs, but any young promising CB in the prem is worth a punt. I feel he performed really well last season, & it was soo funny watching the nippy little wingers see him towering infront of them and decide to pass the ball back. I was so impressed with his pace, had no idea he could move that fast, so he was great at RB. All that said, I feel he could, a big could, become one of the best CBs in the prem. Maybe I'm a bit nuts. But the kid really does have the whole package!
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17/06/2009 13:49:00

Spot on Chimes...He does have the whole package and will only get better in my book. He's proved he can slot into the RB position well and if he made that position his I'm sure within time he could come up to really be a replacement for Johnson. I've got a feeling that our back line will stay pretty much as it was barring surprises so Kaboul should be making regular first team appearances this season.
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17/06/2009 18:41:00


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