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Harry hails Kab!

Harry Redknapp was impressed with Younes Kaboul's display in central midfield in Saturday's win at Stoke.

Harry Redknapp was impressed with Younes Kaboul's display in central midfield in Saturday's win at Stoke.

The versatile defender - who made his first start for us at right-back at Wolves after returning from Portsmouth in January - came in for Wilson Palacios and partnered Luka Modric in the heart of the battle zone at the Britannia Stadium.

Strong defensively, not least with long throws and set-pieces regularly coming into the box, Younes rarely lost possession and got involved in the attacking third as well, smashing in a couple of shots from distance.

"I left Wilson Palacios out because he's on nine bookings and took a gamble," explained Harry after the 2-1 victory. "I couldn't risk Wilson. If he got booked again he would miss the FA Cup replay against Fulham and Younes is cup-tied on Wednesday.

"It meant I was one senior player short at Stoke with Wilson on the bench.

"I thought Younes did a terrific job for us in there especially for a lad who hasn't played in midfield very often.

"I was really pleased with him. His heading was fantastic and he kept his passing simple. I was delighted with his performance."