Touted by many as a future Tottenham club captain, the career of Younes Kaboul has taken a disappointing turn. The 27 year old has been plagued by injury in recent seasons and questions remain over whether the French centre half can ever recapture the kind of form that had made him such a force in the Premier League.
Knee injuries are bad at the best of times, but for Kaboul this couldn’t have really been any worse. Out for well over a year and yet to ever return to full fitness, the future looks bleak. Spurs themselves share this pessimism, with his contract up in the summer it is anyone’s guess where the Frenchman will be plying his trade come September. AC Milan have already been mooted as potential suitors according to the Mirror, and it is clear a number of clubs will be interested in the Frenchman when he becomes available in January.
For Spurs it would represent a huge shame, on his day Kaboul is as good as anyone at the back. The perfect mix of defensive physicality and cultured ball-playing ability, Kaboul very much fits the Spurs mould. The City game embodied the fall from grace though, for me Kaboul is in a bracket above Dawson defensively, but on that infamous afternoon they both looked as inept as each other.
Kaboul seems unsure of himself and largely off the pace, a sad sight for those that revelled in his best days. His return has been intermittent and underwhelming, and many question whether the Frenchman can ever return. We saw it with Aaron Ramsey, serious issue breeds uncertainty and often leaves the individual bereft of the self belief that made them such a force in the first place.
It is a tough call; Spurs have outgrown Dawson and without another fit centre half they are woefully short. Vertonghen and Chiriches would appear the long-term centre half partnership, but aside from that there isn’t a lot of depth.
Persevere with Kaboul or look to change things in January?
For me this is another head over heart argument. There is always the belief that Kaboul can get back to the level he was at before, but for me it is a question of time. Spurs have ambitions in the short term and the shrewd move would be to cut their losses and change things up.
Who knows Kaboul could find some semblance of his former self on the continent, this is just a risk the club will have to bear. I think the pragmatists amongst you will see the need for depth during the busy festive period and in the ensuing months. The possibility for a number of cup runs and a tilt at the title, Spurs need to have four fit and firing centre halves and until they sort the Kaboul problem I see them falling behind.
It will be with a heavy heart that Spurs and Kaboul part ways, but in my opinion it is a necessary one. Some may see this as ruthless and perhaps even heartless, but unfortunately this is the nature of our game.