Budesliga side Wolfsburg are lining up a £8m bid for Queens Park Rangers forward Adel Taarabt reports The Mail.
The 22 year old Moroccan has played his football in England since 2007, when he moved from Lens to Tottenham Hospur. Unfortunately for him and Spurs he was unable to break into the first team under previous manager Juande Ramos or current gaffer Harry Redknapp.
Taarabt moved to QPR initially on loan in July 2009, and was signed permanently in the summer of 2010 for a reported £1m. The forward was instrumental in guiding Rangers to the Championship title last season. In fact Taarabt won the Championship Player of the Year and featured in the Championship best xi. At the end of last season he was linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain but talks fell through.
In his first season in the Premiership the Morrocan had a slow start. He has admitted that his disappointment with missing out on his Paris move affected his early form. Then there was speculation of him moving to PSG and Napoli which seemed to unsettle him. He was also left out of the side due to injury and a high profile disagreement with QPR manager Neil Warnock. However he returned to the starting line-up in December, mainly due to injuries, and has won over his critics with a series of superb performances.
Taarabt has undoubted ability on the pitch but it seems it is his attitude that seems to let him down somewhat. To be fair to him he has had his fair share of personal problems and injury. During the 2010-2011 season Taarabt had to travel back to France after one of his cousins were killed.
It seems that ultimately though, the major problem with Taarabt is the influence his agent has on him. Neil Warnock blasted Taarabt’s so called ‘advisors’ in The Mail in December for turning the forwards focus towards money. Whether this is true or not Adel certainly has aspirations to play at the top level. On joining Spurs he was hyped as the new Zinedine Zidane, and before joining QPR was stated as looking for a move to Spain “I hope to be playing for one of the top four in Spain next season- Real Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia or Sevilla.”
The fact that he seems ambitious blows Wolfsburg’s chances of signing him out the water for me. They are certainly not a big name in world football and it seems to me Taarabt wants to play for a big club, whether the reason be monetary or prestigee. The Premier League is the ultimate footballing shop window and one would assume that a big money move is much more likely from a Premiership club, not even a big name, than a club from the Bundesliga.
Unfortunately for Taarabt a move to big club is not and will not be on the cards until he proves himself. And not proof that he has ability, as anyone can see this already, but proof that he has the attitude and professionalism to make it at the very highest level.
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