Queens Park Rangers have had an abysmal start to the 2012/2013 Premier League Season to say the least. Their 5-0 pummelling courtesy of the in-form Welsh side Swansea on the opening weekend was the story of their season up until the Christmas for the most part. Mark Hughes never once managed to find his feet at the London club, and always came under heavy criticism for the frustrating manner in which his team functioned from the moment he set foot in Loftus Road. It was seen as inevitable, by some, that he would fail and under-achieve at Rangers. He was destined for doom. But ever since good ‘ol ‘Arry Redknapp has taken over at QPR, they have conveyed much more promise than in recent months. And the revitalisation of former star-man Adel Taarabt has highlighted the way in which Harry looks to have turned things upside-down at Loftus Road.
Of Moroccan descent, flair and creativity lie within the African showman’s embodiment. Taarabt has a striking resemblance to Cristiano Ronaldo in the way that he flings his jelly-like legs back and forth over the ball rapidly, when in his possession, in attempt to deceive and fly by his opponent. Although he is nowhere near as accomplished a player as Ronaldo, he definitely has the potential to become a star for QPR for years to come. A player like Taarabt is any manager’s dream. Egotistical, silky-smooth dribbling, and nimble footwork are just a select few traits of what this lightning-quick attacking-midfielder possesses. What more can a manager want out of his visionary playmaker? Whatever Redknapp said to Taarabt after re-uniting with him at QPR must have set alight something inside of the Moroccan. This enigmatic, showboating footballer has had a major boost in confidence from the manager who persuaded him to join Tottenham in 2007, and now looks to reinvent himself in the Premier League, as he has almost been idle for the last 18 months since moving to the top tier in England. After scooping the ‘Player Of The Year’ accolade in the Championship after being pivotal in their promotion to the Premier League, Taarabt was dubbed to become Morocco’s next big thing. But those hopes capitulated shortly after his step up to England’s elite league, as his performances didn’t enhance his reputation in any way shape or form.
Taarabt finished the Hoops’ first return to the premier league in 15 years in a somewhat heroic fashion, schooling Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen in one of the last games of the season with an audacious turn and finish worthy of winning any football match in the process. His two goals against Fulham claimed QPR’s first 3 points of the season, and proved crucial to Harry’s attempt to push out of the relegation zone with his new side. Taarabt’s second goal was also a worldy, and an early goal of the season candidate.
If Taarabt keeps this sort of form up for the remainder of the current campaign, QPR could well push for a respectable mid/low-table finish, although that is asking a lot of a side who barely braved the relegation battle of last season. Queens Park Rangers will undoubtedly be adding to their quality-deprived squad with a few January signings that will surely bolster their squad. And with Harry Redknapp at the helm, there must be a good feeling in the air around Loftus Road.