Former Queens Park Rangers and Rangers midfielder Ray Wilkins suggested a reason on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Thursday morning (broadcast from 6am, May 12) behind Younes Kaboul's impressive performances for Sunderland in recent weeks.
Kaboul joined Sunderland from Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2015.
The French central defender put in some very disappointing performances in the opening weeks of the season, but in recent weeks he has played a key role for the Black Cats.
Sunderland have escaped the drop to the Championship, and the 30-year-old should be given credit for playing his part..
Former Chelsea and Manchester United midfielder Wilkins believes that Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has given Kaboul the guidance he needed to succeed at the Stadium of Light.
“Younes Kaboul has pace, power, and he just needs guidance,” said Wilkins on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Thursday morning (broadcast from 6am, May 12). "And that’s what Sam has given him."
In 23 Premier League appearances for Sunderland this season, Kaboul has created six chances, has a pass accuracy of 69% and a shot accuracy of 44%, and has won 75 headers, 15 dribbles and 35 tackles.