Adel Taarabt is certainly a very talented footballer - but that talent is often hidden underneath a reputation as being somewhat sulky, greedy and immature on and off the football field.
What is true is that the former Tottenham Hotspur youngster was once tipped as the ‘next Zidane’ by many pundits.
After the 2010-11 season in the Championship for QPR that was a tip that looked like it might just come true.
He starred for QPR in the promotion campaign - with his dribbling excellence, shooting from range and pinpoint passing proving impossible to handle for many a Championship defender.
But upon the club’s promotion to the Premier League he was soon found out.
Against higher class opposition he refused to adapt his one-dimensional game and his inability to do anything of a defensive nature left his side often scrambling for numbers in defence.
With the arrival of Harry Redknapp, the man who sent him packing at Spurs as a youngster, at QPR - the writing seemed on the wall.
Soon enough the pair fell out and Taarabt was an outcast - loaned to Fulham for the rest of the season in the summer.
But his time at Craven Cottage has hardly been any better - in fact it has been worse.
So with loan club and parent club not particulary keen on him - what next for a player whose star seems to be fading.
A move to one of European football’s most illustrious and well recognised teams seems to be the answer to that question.
Because Taarabt has just this morning arrived in Milan for a medical with AC Milan.
Clarence Seedorf needs a player to cover the cup-tied Keisuke Honda in the Champions League - and from his time working as a pundit in the UK it appears he has developed a soft-spot for the Moroccan enigma.
Taarabt is expected to sign a loan deal until the end of the season - when a permanent transfer will be discussed.
He will be hoping he can become as big a hit in Milan as his former Tottenham team-mate Kevin Prince Boateng did after his shock move to the San Siro - and that his massive potential is finally realised in Serie A.
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