10 defensive duels won, 9 ball recoveries: Younes Kaboul the Sunderland star v Everton

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The centre-back was hugely impressive in the win over Everton.

Sunderland defender Younes Kaboul was in fine form as his side beat Everton on Wednesday evening.

Sunderland hosted Everton at the Stadium of Light in midweek knowing that they needed a win to secure their Premier League survival.

They did just that, with a comprehensive 3-0 win seeing them avoid the drop and relegate rivals Newcastle United.

Key to their victory was the defence, as they kept Everton quiet throughout, while it was three defenders who scored their goals.

Lamine Kone took the headlines as he bagged two, but it was his partner Kaboul that truly shone in arguably one of his best displays yet for the Black Cats.

As the table provided by Opta shows, he was heavily involved through in his side’s impressive win.

  MatchWon TackleInterception WonDuel WonPoss Won Def 3rdBall RecoveryPassing AccuracyTouchesUnsuccessful Touch
Younes Kaboul Sunderland vs Everton 3 6 10 7 9 75% 56 0

He managed 56 touches in total, with none of those proving to be unsuccessful ones.

Defensively he was a rock, winning three tackles, six interceptions and a massive ten defensive duels won in total, the most of any Sunderland player.

He was also pivotal to winning the ball back, with possession won in the defensive third seven times and nine ball recoveries also to his name.

His passing was also solid as he enjoyed an overall passing accuracy of 75% to completion in one of his best displays for Sunderland to date.

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