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How Tottenham Hotspur can get the most out of Younes Kaboul

Tottenham Hotspur may have to look to how they handled Ledley King to get the most out of Younes Kaboul.

Kaboul was out with a knee problem last season, which threatened to end his career but the good news is he’s back and ready to get involved with Tottenham’s pre-season schedule.

However, the club has to be very careful over how they handle and use Kaboul heading into the new season especially as there are signs that his knee problem could be a recurring problem for the rest of his career.

It’s going to be a very difficult one for Andre Villas-Boas to judge because Kaboul is only 27-years-old and will still have that desire and passion to play in literally every single game possible for Spurs.

“It’s great for Younes after a year out to come back to training and have double sessions with no problems,” said AVB.

That’s good news because there is no sign of a reaction to the knee problem as Kaboul gets stuck into pre-season training.

Spurs can protect that by doing what they did with Ledley King which was effectively letting him take care of his own training setup and trusting him to keep himself in the best possible shape.

Kaboul’s problem doesn’t seem to be anywhere near as severe as King’s constant injury problems, which is why that approach may not come into effect until later into his career but that’s not to say Spurs shouldn’t have a man on Kaboul keeping an eye on everything he does.

It’s going to be naïve of AVB to think that Kaboul can play in every game next season so he also has to judge when to use him and where to rest him, with the club facing one of the most important seasons in their recent history.

At the moment his importance and significance to the Spurs back four is very high due to the recent departure of William Gallas. Spurs are yet to replace Gallas or see Kaboul as his replacement, as he’s like a new signing now he’s fit and ready to get stuck in next season.

Kaboul will be very aware of that sort of squad status and it’s also very important that mentally he stays in the right frame of mind. If he goes too hard too early at the start of next season and picks up a recurrence, severe or slight, then it’s going to play on his mind.

All professional players like Kaboul want to do, especially considering his age, is play football so not being able to do that because of an injury which could have been prevented with a safer and more sensible approach will be very frustrating.

You can’t fault Kaboul’s enthusiasm in any way but it’s important for the protection of his career that he takes his foot off the gas from time to time and trusts his manager when he’s told to have a rest.

Should Spurs protect Kaboul or unleash him and hope for the best?

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