Newcastle were interested in QPR’s Adel Taarabt as long as three years ago, and while he is a very good and talented footballer he has a name for being a very difficult player to manage.
Adel Taarabt - 25 year-old Moroccan playmaker
And it’s interesting to us that Harry Redknapp didn’t use him last season in getting QPR promoted straight back to the Premier League, and the Moroccan International play-maker was on loan at Fulham for the first part of the season and was then at AC Milan on loan from January.
And since Newcastle are lacking creativity and we’ve been linked already with 81 players this summer ( or is it 83?), we suppose it had to happen that a report would come out linking us again with this play-maker, who wouldn’t be too expensive we suppose.
This report is in The Mag, and we cannot find any more references in other outlets – that we are interested in Adel.
And it seems that Harry does not want him back at QPR – and after all he’s got Joey Barton to handle, and Joey and Adel in one side is probably too much for any manager to handle.
But Adel has wonderful creativity and that’s what Newcastle were lacking last season, especially after Yohan Cabaye left us in January.
We suppose it wouldn’t surprise us if Alan Pardew is again interested in the 15 times capped Moroccan International, but he’s another difficult player to manage, and probably more difficult to manage than Ben Arfa, who seems to be leaving Newcastle this summer.
There was even news in January that both Fulham and Newcastle were keen on Taarabt, but he then moved on loan to AC Milan, and we suppose we could take the lad on loan for a season, and see how things work out – but Alan Pardew has had enough trouble towards the end of the season with Hatem Ben Arfa.
Last season while at Fulham he played 16 times with one goal and had two assists, and then at AC Milan he played 16 times with four goals and two assists.
In his career at QPR he has played 156 times with 34 goals and 44 assists, and that a decent record – at least on paper.
And the way things are at the moment at Newcastle, we suppose if we did bring Adel into the club, then at least he’s an exciting player and full of skills, and he would love to play at St. James’ Park in front of 52,000 fans.
It would be a chance to take – but one probably worth taking, because like Hatem Ben Arfa, he can be a match-winner.
What do you think?