Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tom Huddlestone says that Adel Taarabt had the most natural talent of any of the Spurs squad he played with during his time at White Hart Lane.
Huddlestone played with some exceptionally talented footballers during his time with the North London club, but he still says Taarabt was more gifted than any other player.
The likes of Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Dimitar Berbatov were all plying their trade at Spurs while Huddlestone was there, making that a considerable achievement.
When asked to name his most talented colleague Huddlestone responded to Sky Sports by saying: "It was out of three. Luka Modric, Berbatov or Bale, but for raw ability it was Adel Taarabt. Some of the things he could do with the football were just mesmerising from such a young age."
It is another example of how badly Taarabt has wasted his career, given the staggering ability that he has on the football pitch.
The Moroccan has fleetingly shown this talent that Huddlestone has talked about, but his attitude has meant that he has never fulfilled his potential.
Taarabt has proven too difficult to manage for numerous bosses and his future is up in the air at the moment.
After a public dispute with Harry Redknapp, the enigmatic attacking midfielder appears to be heading towards the exit door at Loftus Road and his next destination is unknown.
It is a totally different trajectory to Bale's and Modric's careers since their time at White Hart Lane.
The pair are now two of Real Madrid's key men and are widely regarded as two of the finest players in the world.
If Taarabt had worked as hard it remains to be seen how high-profile a star he would have been by now, but it seems that his career is in danger of petering out into mediocrity despite his obvious skill.