Newcastle United were interested in signing 26 year-old Adel Taarabt a few years ago but we didn’t bother – and we were OK with that given the 18 times capped Moroccan International has caused trouble at the clubs he’s been at.
Taarabt signed a five-year contract with Portuguese champions Benfica last summer but he is yet to play for the first team and Portuguese daily O Jogo is reporting that Newcastle are interested in the player.
Newcastle are probably interested in a loan deal in January – if this report is true.
Adel Taarabt – while at QPR – now a Benfica player
It could be true that Chief Scout Graham Carr has been interested in the Moroccan International for a few years now, but the last type of player we want to sign in January is one who has discipline problems – and Adel has had discipline problems in his career.
Former QPR manager Harry Redknapp can testify about how difficult this player is to handle and he was often unfit and overweight at the club.
One of the problems Newcastle are having in the current squad is a lack of discipline and it would be foolish to sign a player like Taarabt who was on loan at Inter-Milan last season and scored four goals in 14 appearances for the Italian side.
Here’s a case – much like the case with Florian Thauvin – that Graham Carr has fancied a player and whoever the manager is – Graham goes ahead and brings the players he likes into the club.
It doesn’t work and the manager – Steve McClaren – must be the one who decides who comes in during the January transfer window and it’s why managers in the past haven’t been able to build up decent squads on Tyneside.
If we don’t change this way of recruiting players then we will have our second relegation in seven seasons.
What do you think?