Adel Taarabt looked set for the very top during that wonderful spell at Queens Park Rangers.
The mercurial Moroccan was a revelation at Loftus Road during a remarkable 2010/11 that will live long in the memory. Taarabt scored 19 goals, including some truly special strikes, to inspire QPR to promotion.
In the seven years that have followed, however, the former Tottenham youngster has gone from a potentially world-class midfielder to one of European football’s wasted talents.
After forgettable spells at Milan, Fulham and Benfica, Taarabt is now at Genoa and, according to Record, he is set for a dramatic return to England in the January transfer window.
It has not yet been disclosed which clubs are keen to offer the 29-year-old a fresh start, but reports of Taarabt’s return have inevitably led to speculation about a second spell at QPR, with fans on Twitter making clear that he would be welcome back with open arms.
"Well if he is linked with QPR once again that would be unbelievable. He was the best player I ever played with,” said Derry, who played alongside Taarabt between 2010 and 2013.
“He was individually brilliant and some of the things the fans didn’t see that he did in training everyday blew your mind.
"The question has always been asked about Adel. I’m so disappointed that he’s not gone and played at a big, big team for a long period of time, because talking about talent, he should have been in one of the top five or six clubs in the world.
"So, having him back at Loftus Road would be incredible, but he would have to be fit. The Championship has changed since Adel left.”
After a dreadful start to the season that had some fans calling for McClaren’s head, QPR have settled down in the last few months and are now comfortably in mid-table.
But could one of European football’s biggest raw talents return and inspire another promotion-winning campaign?
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