Younes Kaboul’s imminent return from injury can’t come quickly enough for Tottenham Hotspur.
Younes Kaboul is on the verge of a return to the first team after he made a comeback for the club’s Under-21 side following a knee problem, which threatened to rule him out for the rest of the season.
He provides Andre Villas-Boas with a much needed boost in terms of defensive options, which will give Spurs a better chance of finishing in the top four, as they are currently locked in a battle against Arsenal and Chelsea.
Spurs are on the same number of points as Chelsea (58) which is just two points ahead of Arsenal (56), suggesting this is without doubt the most important part of their Premier League season so far.
The recent injury to Gareth Bale means Spurs won’t have the goals of the Welshman to rely upon, so wins in upcoming games could be determined by the odd strike, which comes down to whether Spurs can defend better than their opponents.
While the club has coped in Kaboul’s absence, they have never been able to replace the physical presence and bullish nature which only he possesses out of the Tottenham defensive group.
Michael Dawson has performed admirably after he was nearly sold by the club and the return of Kaboul is only going to strengthen the resilience, efficiency and quality of the Tottenham back four.
There are going to be plenty of examples over the rest of the season when Spurs are taking a lot of pressure inside their own defensive third, as sides lift their performance levels with time running out to reach targets in the Premier League season.
Kaboul’s organisation and positional skills in the back four will be extremely significant here. He’s also a leader and very vocal with his communication, which will give Spurs a better chance of holding out during those spells of pressure.
The temptation for AVB is going to be to get him back into the side as quickly as possible, especially for the game against teams that will be looking to bombard Spurs in an aerial sense.
However, Kaboul is one of the best defenders that the club have so he has to be nursed back in sensibly, as frustrating as that will be to spurs fans who want to see him back quickly.
However, all of the early indications are positive, as he was subbed off during the Under-21 match after an hour, as a precaution as he’s only just come back from an injury which required surgery to rectify.
A door has closed with Bale’s injury but another is opening with the return of Kaboul and it couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time.
Spurs fans, how big of a boost is this?
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