Reports in The Chronicle today claimed that Alan Pardew will be looking to sign the 21-year-old in the summer, but I personally don’t think that Neil Warnock will be looking to get rid of his star man, especially if QPR achieve what looks likely and gain promotion back to the Premier League after a 15 year absence.
This seems to be a recurring link as we’ve been linked with this player before. It may just be the same story regurgitated, but at the moment we will just have to wait and see. Whilst he’s been linked with us, he has also been linking himself to the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid. There is no doubt that he is a very good player, but there are questions over whether he is really as good as he thinks he is.
Taarabt’s record this season speaks for itself, and having scored 15 goals and provided 15 assists it has made him look a huge bargain to QPR who paid a cut price fee of around £1 million when he signed for them last summer. If QPR were to sell we would have to bid a considerable amount more than that due to the fact that QPR aren’t really desperate for money as they’re one of the richest clubs in the world.
After conceding two goals in the first three games of Neil Warnock’s reign due to silly flicks in his own half, Warnock was quick to bring in a rule which meant that if anybody passed to Taarabt in his own half they would be fined and the money would go to charity. Is that really the type of player that we need? In my opinion, I’d say no.
Pardew has been saying how anybody who plays for Newcastle has to be the right type of player and that they have to be able to carry the burden of the shirt. Whilst he would certainly get the fans off their seats he would be very much a passenger in defence, and in the Premier League you can’t afford passengers. Not in the bottom-half of the table anyway.
Another reason why I struggle to believe that this is a viable transfer is the fact that if there is anywhere in our team where we are already strong then it is centre midfield. Kevin Nolan, Stephen Ireland and Hatem Ben Arfa will all be looking to play in the same position as Taarabt which makes me think we would be better to look elsewhere and improve other positions on the pitch.
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