Date: 5th November 2008 at 11:50am
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Tony Adams has backed Younes Kaboul to have a major impact at Pompey, eyeing him as the eventually long term successor to Sol Campbell – even if he has surprised him a little with his quality: ‘the kid has got fitter and stronger. He’s gone in at centre-back and it’s his best position. He can do a job on the right side.

‘I don’t see why Kaboul can’t one day replace Sol. He has surprised me.’

To be honest, and I said as much to UKTony on Saturday, I thought that Kaboul was really unlucky to have been left out against Wigan at the weekend as I thought he was fantastic against Fulham and Liverpool – and I was at both so saw him first hand. The fella had a tough time at Spurs last season but the talent and ability that he was always said to have did not disappear during his time at Spurs, this move maybe came too soon in his career and his confidence was shot to pieces after mistakes?

The 22-year-old can play football, he is happy to bring the ball out of defence and his speed of recovery also seems impressive. Yep, he will make the odd mistake, but sometimes that is the only way that you learn – and I for one am more than happy with his signing, as I was at the time.

Clearly the Frenchman is not a midfielder though, that much was obvious from seeing him play in such a role against Chelski when we were spanked 4-0 in our opening game of the season, and subsequent ventures into a midfield role have also proved fruitless – this has led Adams to take a slight swipe at Harry Redknapp for playing him in such a role: ‘it was unfair to play Kaboul in midfield at Chelsea on the first day of the season. Sometimes, that used to stick in Harry’s head, a performance like that.’

To be fair though the same can be said of Adams, he has said that he will stick by Papa Bouba Diop – is it fair to continually play him on the right side of midfield…

PLAY UP POMPEY!

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