Taarabt welcomes Newcastle link.

Taarabt would welcome Newcastle move.

Taarabt would welcome Newcastle move.
Some rumours come and go whilst others persist and last until something definite happens at the end. This one is most definitely a case of the former.

It concerns QPR playmaker Adel Taarabt who has rekindled the speculation about a move to Newcastle by admitting that he would jump at the chance to play in front of 50,000 fans at St James’ Park. It’s all a bit left field really considering all the rumours and gossip had died down, but then again it could be because we’ve recently lost Kevin Nolan to West Ham.

Taarabt had an excellent season at Loftus Road last term as he helped Neil Warnock’s Hoops to the glory of the Premier League. He was their best player by some distance and chipped in with lots of goals and lots of assists, kind of like what Kevin Nolan did for us in the Championship.

However it’s not been enough for QPR to offer Taarabt the contract that he wants and it would appear that negotiations with the West London club have reached an impasse. Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, Taarabt had this to say about the lay of the land with regard to his future.

“I helped QPR win promotion but they will not offer me a better contract. They say I am already on big wages,” said Taarabt, who used to play for Morocco before he stropped off and retired from international football after being dropped to the substitutes bench for an African Cup of Nations qualifier. He continued:

“They want me to stay four years on the same terms. But I don’t want to sign for four years then after one year I am going to be back in the Championship.”

“No disrespect, but if we keep the same players, it will be very difficult to stay in the Premier League when you are playing Man United and Chelsea.”

“I understand that QPR have changed my life. People had almost forgotten me when I joined from Tottenham. But I don’t think they are being fair to me.”

Hmm fairness….. I don’t quite know what Taarabt means by fair, but it’s worth remembering that he is untried and untested at Premier League level so in a sense his bargaining hand is that little bit weaker. Someone will take a punt on him though, much like QPR did when they took him to Loftus Road. Could that someone be Newcastle United? If it was to be us, Taarabt would welcome the move.

“People say Newcastle will be good for me, that the fans love players like me,” added Taarabt. “It is fantastic to play in front of 50,000 supporters every week. I do not need one of the very big clubs at this stage.”

Now I think the lad is a cracking player, but I do question his attitude. He seems to be one of those stroppy, petulant types that goes in a huff when he doesn’t get his own way. Could we really be doing with that at Newcastle?

I know people will say that it’s a game of football and not a personality test, but it’s naive to think that personality doesn’t play a big part in professional sports. Taarabt seems to be all about himself and I don’t think we could really offer him a place in our club at the moment given the amount of change that is going on in the dressing room.

Good player, relatively untested, but no thanks!

79 thoughts on “Taarabt welcomes Newcastle link.

  1. No number 9 since Shearer.
    We will never get a striker like him, so why chase the perfect no.9?
    Lets get two strikers instead of one expensive


  2. buy taarabt and barton will take him under his wing to teach him how to behave properly . now he is grown up


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