Taarabt's home truths pay dividends for Redknapp as QPR hope for greatest of escapes
22:30 GMT, 16 December 2012
Harry Redknapp offered Adel Taarabt some home truths at Queens Park Rangers’ Harlington HQ last week.
And maybe, just maybe, the training ground dressing down will be the catalyst for one of the Premier League’s greatest ever escapes.
‘I took him off last week (against Wigan) and he wasn’t in the best of moods. He didn’t behave in the best of ways so I had a good chat with him in the office on Monday morning. He’s responded to that.
Home truths: Harry Redknapp (inset) has revealed that he had a talk with Adel Taarabt after his poor performance against Wigan last weekend. Taarabt responded with a double against Fulham
‘I didn’t put my arm around him, I didn’t call him in and say: 'Oh, come on'. I was disappointed with one or two things when I took him off last week, he had the hump on the bench and all that.
‘So we sorted that out. I said to him, don’t throw your arms up when you lose the ball, don’t stand with your hands on your hips and don’t put your hands on your head, just get after the ball if you lose it otherwise everyone sees that you made a mistake and it gets highlighted.
‘He did that on Saturday and he was fantastic. He can be a top, top player. He’s got ability like not many people you’ve ever seen in your life.’
Taarabt’s scintillating display on Saturday secured QPR’s first Premier League win of the season against Fulham.
If his first goal was mildly fortuitous having taken a hefty deflection on the way past Mark Schwarzer, his second was simply breathtaking as he rolled an audacious shot with the outside of his right boot past Fulham’s Australian keeper.
Relief: Taarabt's two goals inspired QPR's first Premier League victory of the season against Fulham
Having reluctantly sold the Morocco international at Tottenham, Redknapp says he thrilled at the chance of working with Taarabt once again.
And the QPR boss feels the 23-year-old can have a similar impact at Loftus Road as a certain enigmatic Italian had at West Ham.
‘Adel’s like [Paolo] Di Canio, who I thought was a fantastic player, one of the all-time greats at West Ham.
‘Paolo was difficult to handle but he was genius who could win you match and Adel is the same.
‘We always felt that when Adel was at Tottenham. He was always a complete fruitcake at Tottenham. He’s hard work. But he is what he is. I said before that he’s a bit of a nut at times.
New favourite: Harry Redknapp compared Taarabt to Paolo Di Canio (below), whom he managed at West Ham
‘But his heart’s in the right place, he wants to do well. When I let him go at Spurs, he used to come back and I’d say to him “you’re making me look a fool, Adel!”
‘I kept seeing him on telly, he looked like he was worth 20million, I sold him too cheap!
‘But I never wanted to let him go at Tottenham. I was scared to let him go. I always felt he had a value even if he wasn’t starting.
‘He could still come off the bench and turn a game for you. But it was hard for him to get in the team back then and in the end Daniel [Levy] said: “Look, if he’s not going to play, we might as well sell him and get a big sell-on fee” and that’s what the club did.’