Jan Kirchhoff has revealed that he felt the decision to let Younes Kaboul leave Sunderland ‘wasn’t good’.
Speaking to the Roker Report, the ex-Black Cat suggested that the defender was a big player for the team and believed that the former France international was a huge miss.
“I also think when we talk about players the team missed, Younes [Kaboul] was a huge miss also. The decision by the board to let him go wasn’t good,” he said.
Kaboul departed the Stadium of Light outfit in the summer of 2016 after helping Sunderland to retain their place in the Premier League that season and joined Watford.
The 33-year-old is currently a free agent after he left the Premier League club in December last year, whilst Kirchhoff has returned to Germany after a couple of disappointing spells in English football.
Kaboul was an excellent player for Sunderland during a really challenging period for the club and it would be difficult to argue with the remark Kirchhoff has made.
The defender played a key role in helping to keep the Black Cats in the Premier League and managed to build an effective partnership at the back with Lamine Kone.
Things have clearly improved for Sunderland this season as they look to win promotion back to the Championship, although if they had managed to keep Koubal at the Stadium of Light, they may never have had to drop down to League One in the first place.
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