As the rumours of a major overhaul at Stamford Bridge this Summer gather pace, and with the likes of Didier Drogba and Florent Malouda possibly being moved on, there is a never ending list of possible replacements, some plausible, some a bit random, and some down right ludicrous. Today’s fits in the middle category.
After ‘failing’ at Tottenham, although in his defence he was never given too many opportunities, there are reports surfacing that Carlo Ancelotti is ready to move for QPR captain Adel Taarabt.
Taarabt signed for Spurs in 2007 after coming through the academy at French club Lens, he was brought to the club by Damien Comolli and much was expected of the Moroccan. He was perhaps burdened by being labelled as the new Zidane and he never lived upto expectations at White Hart Lane and after 3 seasons with the club and just 16 appearances in all competitions, he moved to QPR in the Championship, first on loan and then on a permanent deal.
Now in his third season with Rangers, Taarabt is finally starting to look like a good prospect. The step down in leagues has allowed him more time to learn the English game and he has added strength to his play, and coupled with his pace, excellent dribbling skills and shooting ability he now looks a real threat to opposition defences.
As a winger his scoring record is pretty impressive in 79 games he has racked up 21 goals, as well as laying on 12 goals for his team mates this season alone, he has become the lynch-pin of QPR’s promotion push.
There is also rumoured to be interest from Newcastle United and Manchester United who have both sent scouts to watch the player in recent weeks, however it seems to be Chelsea who have demonstrated the most interest in the player.
They are thought to be considered a bid of £9million to secure the services of the young winger. QPR boss Neil Warnock has said at numerous points that they will do their best to hang on to the player but they know it will be tough to do so should a big club make an official approach.
Ancelotti is wanting to inject some youth into his squad as aging stars like Malouda, Anelka and Drogba are starting to stagnate slightly in the opinion of the Italian. Defensively Chelsea look pretty solid and it is the attacking part of the team that potentially needs work and if Taarabt was able to transfer his performances from the Championship to Premier League he would undoutedly be a threat and his exciting style would entertain the masses at the Bridge.
For me however it would still represent somewhat of a gamble, he struggled in the top flight before, albeit at a younger age and with only limited exposure, but there is the danger that the Premiership could be too physical and quick not allowing the winger to play his natural game.
QPR look certainties for promotion this season, there may be logic in waiting for Rangers to kick off next seasons campaign and just see how the player manages in the highest tier before making a move. This may require more money to complete the deal ultimately however and they may be up against more competition but it would represent less of a gamble.
QPR are not a poor club any more and if a bid were to come from Chelsea this Summer it would probably have to be £9million minimum, and even then it is far from certain whether the player would be a success. Sometimes though these gambles pay off, and when they do, they are a huge benefit and boost to a team. This one could really come back to bite Spurs on the backside!
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