16 duels won; 17 clearances: Sunderland's Younes Kaboul did not deserve to lose against Leicester

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Sunderland lost 2-0 to Leicester City this weekend.

Sunderland defender Younes Kaboul put in one of his better performances of the season despite his side crashing to a 2-0 home defeat to Premier League leaders Leicester City on Sunday.

The Black Cats were at the very least the equal of their opponents until a lapse in defensive concentration from the full-backs allowed Leicester’s Jamie Vardy to put the visitors one up.

With Sunderland then chasing the game, Vardy exploited the space in the counter attack and made it 2-0 in stoppage time - condemning the hosts to another disappointing result in their bid to beat the drop.

There were not many Sunderland players who came out of the encounter in the end worthy of high praise, yet one player who did stand out for the Wearside club from a positive perspective was Kaboul.

  TacklesInterceptionsDef Duels WonAerial Duels WonEffective ClearancesBall RecoveriesMins Played
Younes Kaboul 3 2 16 10 17 6 90

As shown by the table provided by Opta, the French defender made a number of key contributions over the course of the 90 minutes and did not deserve to end up on the losing side.

Kaboul managed six ball recoveries, ten aerial duels won, 16 defensive duels won and a whopping 17 effective clearances as for the most part he impressed alongside Lamine Kone.

However, the centre-back pairing were left exposed during the second half and Patrick van Aanholt’s decision to push further forward left gaps at the back for Vardy take full advantage of.

Some may be critical of Kaboul’s positioning for Vardy’s opening goal, yet it was completely avoidable and laying any blame at the Frenchman’s feet would be harsh to say the least.

The 2-0 defeat does nothing to bolster Sunderland’s hopes of survival, and now they will need to go to Norwich City and beat their relegation rivals in their own backyard to stand any real chance of staying up.

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