Why it is time for Tottenham to say goodbye to Younes Kaboul

The French defender was sent off again on Saturday for a clumsy tackle at West Ham – it is surely time for Spurs to cut their losses.

When listening to updates on Saturday’s football, the news of a red card at Upton Park in Tottenham’s trip to West Ham caught my attention.

Before I even knew which team would be reduced to ten men, the name Younes Kaboul sprang to mind as a potential offender.

The reason for this is not that Kaboul is an overly dirty player or even cynical, but he must be one of the clumsiest players in today’s Premier League.

As when he was dismissed at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea, opening the visiting side to a 4-0 thumping, Kaboul’s clumsy challenge on Stewart Downing at the weekend heralded a red card that his team could not recover from.

Although none of Tottenham’s defenders have covered themselves in glory this season and wholesale changes are necessary, Kaboul should be one of the first out the door.

With an expiring contract, it would be easy for Spurs to opt to extend his deal as a player that has at times showed displays of dominance in fleeting glimpses at White Hart Lane.

However, if Spurs want to compete with the teams in the top four and eventually eclipse them to be part of the elite group of Champions League qualifiers, Kaboul is not a player that inspires the required confidence.

Spurs need at least one new central defender this summer to make up for Kaboul’s rashness and Michael Dawson’s lack of pace. There is an argument to suggest that all of the back four that started for Tottenham at Upton Park on Saturday could be dispensed with after lacklustre performances throughout the campaign.

However, with Kaboul’s contract set to run its course, it is finally time for Spurs to cut ties with the Frenchman and look elsewhere for the required defensive quality.

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