Adel Taarabt is a 32-year-old Moroccan who had a bright career ahead of him in England however it was not to be as his off-pitch antics left a bad taste in the mouths of many undermining his impact on the pitch. Let’s look back at his time in England and where things went off the rails.
At 17 years old Taarabt showed great potential at then club Lens. He did enough to catch Damien Comolli’s eye who was the then director of football at Tottenham. He joined Spurs on a loan deal under Martin Jol. Taarabt went on to join Spurs permanently later that year. He made his debut against West Ham at the 87th minute with Spurs losing, Spurs ended up winning that game and Taarabts’ performance was part of that comeback which led many Spurs fans to think they got a future star. He was a disappointment making only 8 appearances for the club with 0 goals scored. He was building up a bad reputation for his lacklustre attitude that once saw him being banned from the training grounds. He would, later on, be loaned out to Queens Park Rangers where we got to see a glimpse of his potential.
Queens Park Rangers
Taarabt was loaned out to QPR for the 08/09 season with the hope that he can help them to promotion and establish himself as a serious option for Spurs in the future. During his loan he showed he had the skills to take on players and a vision worthy of the worlds best, however, his bad-boy attitude got the best of him. He joined online casino australia QPR for 1 million pounds. Stories such as him leaving a game during halftime after being subbed off to go to a local pub started to be common. He played 157 games for QPR and scored 34 times for them. It’s important to note that goal scoring was not what he was known for but rather he was known for his creative play, he could dribble past a locked defensive or provide that pinpoint through ball.
He joined Fulham on a season-long loan making only 12 appearances for them before returning to QPR. Upon return to QPR then manager Harry Redknapp called him out for his work ethic stating that he was at least 3 stone overweight.
Adel Taarabt now applies his trade in Portugal for Benfica joining them for 4 million Euros. So far he has made 59 appearances for them scoring 1 goal. He is not a first-time player but should be grateful that he still plays for a big team such as Benfica even after being blacklisted by most of the footballing world.
Taarabt is another story of footballers with great potential destroying their careers by their actions. The football world has always had its fair share of bad boys but if you can’t back that attitude up on the field then you will always go down as a what-if case.