Former Arsenal attacker Paul Merson said on the Gillette Soccer Saturday show on Sky Sports News HQ on Saturday afternoon (November 28) that Sunderland defender Younes Kaboul can be lazy at times.
Merson made his comments while analysing Sunderland’s 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in London on Monday, November 23.
Speaking ahead of last Saturday’s Premier League clash between the Black Cats and Stoke City at the Stadium of Light, the former Aston Villa attacker said on the Gillette Soccer Saturday show on Sky Sports News HQ (November 28): "If he (Kaboul) puts his mind to it, he is a good defender. I think he just gets a little bit lazy at times and then he gets caught out."
Kaboul joined Sunderland from Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the summer transfer window.
The 29-year-old central defender initially struggled to make an impact at the Stadium of Light, but under manager Sam Allardyce he appears to be playing better.
The Frenchman has created three chances in 11 Premier League appearances for Sunderland so far this season.
Kaboul has a pass accuracy of 70% and a shot accuracy of 67%, and has won 39 headers, five dribbles and 16 tackles.
Sunderland, who defeated Stoke 2-0 last weekend, are two points above the Premier League relegation zone in 17th at the moment.