Jermain Defoe suggests why Younes Kaboul is struggling with Sunderland

Defoe believes his Sunderland teammate Kaboul is still getting up to match fitness.

Kaboul has been the in the centre of a defence who have conceded seven goals in just two games, and Defoe has told the Daily Mail that the centre-back is still struggling to get back to match fitness.

Defoe said: “It’s difficult for Younes because he hasn’t had a pre-season. At Spurs they were looking to offload him and he wasn’t involved in the first team. So for him he’s still getting his fitness and sharpness. But when he gets that level of fitness he is a machine. He is someone who will be brilliant for us.”

Kaboul certainly looks off the pace, and he has been at fault for the lack of defensive cover the Black Cats have shown this campaign.

His debut especially was poor, conceding four goals to Leicester and looking far from the quality required to play in the Premier League. He was slightly improved in the 3-1 loss to Norwich at the weekend, but many are questioning the Black Cats’ decision to sign him.

However, the French defender is expected to improve, and Defoe believes when his fitness recovers he will get back to the form he showed during spells with Tottenham.

At one time, Kaboul was one of the most dominant centre-backs in the Premier League, and Sunderland will have a real player on their hands if he can get back to that. However, the wait better not be too long, otherwise the Black Cats may find themselves in dire straits - which they cannot save themselves from.

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