Jermaine Jenas names Tottenham flop he initially thought was the next Zidane

Tottenham's Jermaine Jenas

It is safe to say that the winger fell well short of expectations during his time with Tottenham Hotspur.

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jermaine Jenas has told Darren Fletcher on 5 live Sport on BBC Radio Five Live (broadcast on December 9th) that he thought that the club had uncovered the next Zinedine Zidane when he saw a certain player training with the team for the first time.

Adel Taarabt is a name that often comes up when football fans discuss players who never realised their true potential, And while it was at Queens Park Rangers that he really made his name for all the right and wrong reasons, it was with Tottenham that he got his first taste of English football.

Adel Taarabt celebrates scoring the first goal for QPRAdel Taarabt

The winger initially moved to Spurs on loan as an 17-year-old in January 2007. And based on Jenas' initial reaction to seeing the Morocco international in action, it is hardly surprising he was signed permanently within a matter of months.

"I have seen him do some of the most outrageous things I have ever seen done with a football on a football pitch in my life," he told 5 live Sport.

"Even as a young 16, 17-year-old when he came to Spurs, I was just like we have found Zidane, we have found him, we've got Zidane, I can't believe it, we're going to be unbelievable."

What may surprise those who have followed Taarabt's career is the fact that Jenas does not appear to be the only person who worked closely with him to make a comparison between the playmaker and the World Cup winning legend.

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The Mirror previously reported that then Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp had also suggested that watching Taarabt evoked memories of Zidane after selling him to QPR.

Unfortunately, the attacking midfielder never fulfilled his potential and now finds himself playing for Benfica B. But it was perhaps the fact that he occasionally threatened to be a special player that will be reflected upon as the most frustrating aspect of Taarabt's career.

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