Redknapp believes former Spurs star is a ‘match winner’.
New Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp insists he has no intention of selling Adel Taarabt, but has warned the Moroccan he needs to work harder on the pitch.
As Tottenham boss back in 2010, Redknapp sold Taarabt to QPR, famously calling the youngster a “fruitcake”, while Taarabt was quoted as saying he wished he had joined Arsenal instead.
However, Redknapp insists there is no animosity between the pair, and believes the 23-year-old could be the man to inspire the Hoops clear of the relegation zone.
“He’s an amazing talent with the ball, he can still do more without it but there’s no doubt he’s a match winner for us,” Redknapp said in the Daily Mirror. “He’s the player who can do something special so well be looking to get the best out of him
“I never really wanted to sell him at Tottenham to be honest, I had a good relationship with him, I never had a problem with Adel. At times his problems were self-inflicted but I let him go because he wasn’t playing and the chairman felt it was a good time to let him go.”
It was widely speculated that Harry Redknapp would waste no time in shipping out maverick Moroccan Adel Taarabt in January after his appointment as QPR boss this weekend.
But the former Tottenham manager, who sold the 23-year-old during his tenure at White Hart Lane, has revealed that he is ready to give Taarabt a chance to shine at Loftus Road.
Taarabt endured a miserable three years in N17, making just nine appearances, during which he typically arrived on the field in the dying moments and attempted to beat as many of the opposition as possible, without passing the ball.
Clearly the playmaker has talent. Redknapp himself described him as one of the most skilful players he’d ever seen but many of Taarabt’s problems have been self-inflicted.
The former Lens star is tremendously arrogant and famously claimed that if he left Tottenham, it would be for Real Madrid or Barcelona.
But, as Redknapp says, if handled correctly, Taarabt is a ‘match-winner’, who can turn a game with a piece of skill or goal from nothing.
If there’s one thing ‘Arry’s good at, it’s making players feel wanted and if he can put an arm around Taarabt and bring out the best in the youngster, then QPR have a potentially world-class player on their hands.
It’s a bid ‘if’, however.
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