Adel's about turn

By Ben Kosky ADEL Taarabt admits he considered walking out on QPR after a spat with the Loftus Road crowd at the end of last month. The Moroccan playmaker was booed by a section of supporters after shooting at goal instead of passing to a team-mate in a b

By Ben Kosky

ADEL Taarabt admits he considered walking out on QPR after a spat with the Loftus Road crowd at the end of last month.

The Moroccan playmaker was booed by a section of supporters after shooting at goal instead of passing to a team-mate in a better position during Rangers' 5-2 win over Barnsley.

But Taarabt was talked out of trying to cancel his season-long loan from Tottenham, made his peace with the fans and is back in favour after his starring role in last weekend's annihilation of Preston North End.


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"I was ill, so I was away for a couple of weeks and when I came back I was on the bench," he recalled.

"When I came on, I tried to shoot and the fans wanted me to pass, but the game was already over so I didn't understand why they did this.

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"After the game I said I would never come back here but the chairman [sporting director Gianni Paladini] said 'relax'. They came and said 'sorry', I said 'OK' and I came back and showed them what I can do."

Taarabt certainly underlined his credentials with a stunning opening goal against the Lilywhites, bringing the ball from halfway and beating several players before curling it into the far corner.

"He has that ability in spadefuls - he's a genius, to be honest," declared QPR boss Jim Magilton. "We've given him more responsibility and he seems to be taking it in his stride."

And, while the 20-year-old believes that result can be the springboard for a concerted push towards promotion, he is non-committal when asked if he would consider a permanent switch to QPR next year.

"I don't think we'll speak about this yet - I have three years left at Tottenham," said Taarabt. "I came here because the club have a lot of quality players. Since I came here I think this was the best performance at home.

"If we play like we showed we have a chance to go to the Premier League and that's why I'm here.

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