Why Newcastle should not make a move for Adel Taarabt

Newcastle United have been linked with Benfica forward Adel Taarabt.

According to a report in the Portuguese publication O Jogo, Newcastle United are interested in making a January move for out-of-favour forward Adel Taarabt.

The Morocco international has undoubted ability and there was a time when he was lauded as an eight-figure player following a terrific campaign in the Championship.

Queens Park Rangers supporters certainly have fond memories of the player, but they will also acknowledge him as lethargic, selfish and unwilling to battle.

Newcastle need to strengthen in the January transfer window, as a failure to do so will almost certainly see Steve McClaren’s men fail to retain their Premier League status for the 2016-17 campaign

The Magpies currently sit in 19th position, and their last two defeats against Leicester City and Crystal Palace have come in the form of shocking 3-0 and 5-1 score-lines.

Much has been made of Newcastle’s transfer policy and their lack of Premier League experience, but finding the right sort of qualities in January will be imperative to their survival chances.

Taarabt has Premier League experience, as well as 18 caps for Morocco. But is he likely to lead the fight for Newcastle when the chips are down? Absolutely not.

The flamboyant playmaker is brilliant on his day, but for the most part he is a confidence player and relies on his teammates to do the dirty work around him.

Newcastle need fighters in January, players willing to apply the required amount of energy, dedication and belief in order to get themselves out of the pretty big hole they current find themselves in.

Where they find those types of players is Newcastle’s biggest dilemma this January, but in Taarabt they won’t find an answer and going down that particular route will only lead to certain disaster.

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