Powerful and athletic young French defender and is actually vastly underrated, many people mocked Harry Redknapp and Martin Jol for purchasing him, but truth is he only really needed proper defensive coaching, remember when Portsmouth had Tony Adams? He really stepped up his game. He has all the right attributes, pace, power, technical ability and two good feet, he just needs some work. Well Kaboul hasn't had the runs in the team he needs, when he's shown people believe in him, he excels for example look at how well he did at Auxerre and in Tony Adam's short stint as manager.
Defence: This is one of Kaboul's main weaknesses. His positioning is pretty poor on Premiership standard and this becomes distinctly clear when faced with a clever striker, he improved on this area, but it sill needs a lot of work.
Balance: Kaboul is very strong, unsuprising though when you look at his height and weight. Kaboul wins the vast majority of physical duels against strikers and is probably Portsmouth's second strongest defender(1st place of course going to the human brick wall that is Sol Campbell), only the very biggest strikers out-muscle Younes Kaboul)
Pace: A rather underrated feature of Kaboul and one that usually goes unnoticed, he is suprisingly quick, don't get me wrong he is by no means quick off the mark and is often beaten in the first few steps, making some people think he is slow, however when he's built up pace, he is actually quite quick.
Response: Kaboul's timing is actually rather good, unfortunately people don't often notice this due to him being overshadowed by Sol Campbell and Sylvain Distin both of whom are experts in timing their tackles.
Passing: For a centre-half Kaboul is very comfortable with the ball, and which also makes him comfortable as a DMF, his passing is safe but accurate and is quite a contrast to Sol Campbell's 'just whack it' startegy.
Technique: A rather elegant centre-back, Kaboul also possesses a great first-touch, he can take the ball down marvelously and having a look at Brede Hangeland, I don't think a 77 is unfair for another very technical centre-back.
Credits to Vandeach