Adel Taarabt finally returns to starting line-up; how did he perform statistically?

Adel Taarabt was brought back into the QPR side against Southampton on Saturday.

With Harry Redknapp now out of the picture at QPR following his resignation last week, Chris Ramsey took caretaker charge of the team against Southampton on Saturday.

The former Tottenham coach handed a surprise start to winger Matt Phillips, who has been on the fringes of the side in recent weeks, whilst there was also a place in the side for Adel Taarabt.

The Moroccan playmaker, 25, made his name with QPR in the 2010-11 season, hitting 19 goals as the R's won promotion to the top flight.

Since then though, it's been tough going for the ex-Spurs midfielder, with just seven Premier League goals for QPR, as well as loan spells away from Loftus Road with Fulham and AC Milan when QPR were relegated in 2013.

A public spat with manager Redknapp did little to improve his hopes of returning to the QPR side, but now with Ramsey calling the shots, Taarabt is back in the team - so how did he perform against Southampton?

  TeamTotal PassesAccurate PassesBig Chances CreatedShotsShots on targetAttempted dribblesWon dribblesMins Played
Adel Taarabt QPR 31 24 0 2 1 5 4 63

Taarabt only played 63 minutes before being replaced by Mauro Zarate, but started to show some signs that he could be a key part of QPR's bid for survival.

Taarabt's game has always been about his ability on the ball, and he once again showed his dribbling ability by successful completing 80% of his attempted dribbles.

He only had two shots on goal, but the most concerning part will be about his passing. 77% completion rate is a little too low, whilst he couldn't create any big chances for his team mates - something QPR will need if they are to stay in the top flight.

It was a promising display from Taarabt, but he still has some way to go before he can hit the heights of that 2010-11 campaign.

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