Shaun Derry discusses Adel Taarabt's potential QPR return

Cambridge United manager Shaun Derry looks on during the Checkatrade Trophy match between Northampton Town and Cambridge United at Sixfields on August 29, 2017 in Northampton, England.

Adel Taarabt is reportedly heading back to England but is a dramatic return to the Championship with Queens Park Rangers on the cards?

Adel Taarabt of QPR is challenged by John Stones of Everton during the Barclays Premier League match between Queens Park Rangers and Everton at Loftus Road on March 22, 2015 in London,...

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.

Speaking on the QPR Fan Show on Love Sport Radio (12 December, 9:00pm), former Rangers midfielder Shaun Derry has suggested that Steve McClaren’s side should jump at the chance to bring Taarabt back.

"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.

Adel Taarabt of QPR battles for the ball with Morgan Schneiderlin of Southampton during the Barclays Premier League match between Queens Park Rangers and Southampton at Loftus Road on...

“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?

Adel Taarabt of Queens Park Rangers takes on the Arsenal defence during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Queens Park Rangers at the Emirates Stadium on December 31,...

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