The Watchlist – Adel Taarabt

Filed under: The Watchlist - Posted by: stilicho

As QPR basked in the sunshine of their deliverance and waves of summer signings lapped the Loftus Road shore, a long-levitating penny seems to have dropped in the mind of Adel Taarabt – that to establish himself in the Premier League, he must shake off his reputation as a luxury player.

His virtue, or rather virtuosity, was well known to Fantasy managers following his 19 goals and 16 assists in QPR’s 2010/11 promotion push, but it quickly transpired that the mercurial Moroccan was bereft of his manager’s trust in the unforgiving air of the top flight. Frequently benched, occasionally omitted from the squad entirely, a reluctance to degrade his art to a trade tried the patience of his embattled boss.

Handed a fresh start and a new three-year contract, Taarabt was conspicuous in the starting 11 for QPR’s opening day pasting at the hands of Swansea, but Mark Hughes’ explanations for his subsequent banishment carried a decidedly familiar tune. Exiled throughout September, Taarabt came off the bench to score against West Ham on October 1 and notched again the following week at the Hawthorns. Playing every minute since, including an excursion to The Emirates in which he recorded twice as many tackles as his nearest midfield competitor, his all-round displays seem to be finally cementing him a starting berth.

With still no wins to his credit and little to show for his summer expenditure, the vultures are starting to circle for Sparky – and his future may well depend on the outcome of the next three games (RGD, stk, SOT). Hosting two of the Premier League’s most porous defences in the next three, attacking returns should be on the cards for the twinkle-toed Taarabt; and whilst Esteban Granero has usurped a portion of the set-piece patrimony, the Moroccan magician is still assured a substantial share. Importantly, with direct attempts his particular penchant, he may have the best chance of breaching the Britannia barricades come Gameweek 11.

In terms of competition for investment, the aforementioned Granero offers assured starts and a share of set pieces at 5.5 in FPL and 6.5 in Sky Sports, and Junior Hoilett offers good open play threat with less security of game time at 5.8 (7.1 in Sky Sports and listed as a forward). Up top, Bobby Zamora has a consistency of starts at 6.4 in FPL and a hefty 8.2 in Sky Sports, but with forward line spots ever at a premium and no goals in four, the smart money looks to be in midfield. Tipping the scales at 5.5 in FPL and 5.2 in the Sky Sports game, we’re backing Taarabt to offer the most bang for your buck from the QPR ranks over the weeks to come.

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  1. Jesus, maybe we shouldn't joke in future about heads falling off...

    We brought this on ourselves.

    • 3 years, 23 days ago
    1. He's actually dead as well. We're joking about it, but he's actually dead.

      • 3 years, 23 days ago
      1. The Hammy problem was just the last involuntary twitch of the corpse.

        • 3 years, 23 days ago
        1. lol, it's a very stiff hammy.

          • 3 years, 23 days ago
          1. Rigor Matas

            • 3 years, 23 days ago
            1. Oh well, at least he died in peace, he was given the Luiz Rites.

              • 3 years, 23 days ago
  2. whats the deal with Mata? bench him?..

    • 3 years, 23 days ago
    1. I would still start him. I'd assume he'd start or not be risked at all.

      • 3 years, 23 days ago
  3. Don't know if this has been asked recently, but what anyone hazard a guess at the likely Man City front line, bearing in mind they play big Champs League game Tues evening?

    • 3 years, 23 days ago
    1. I would guess

      ------- Yaya -- Garcia/Barry -------

      Milner ---- Tevez ------ Nasri

      ------------ Balotelli ------------

      • 3 years, 23 days ago
    2. Tevez + Dzeko

      • 3 years, 23 days ago
      1. Damn, I still have Aguero - Still keep thinking he will reproduce his form from last year, but he never seems to get a regular spot anymore !
        Could Tevez be rested this week, as he seems to be the main man at City now.

        • 3 years, 23 days ago
  4. so and Berba looking OK but now Mata a doubt?

    still means Sterling comes off the bench. no change there. Carry On!

    • 3 years, 23 days ago
  5. Got 2fts, 0.0m in the bank, was all set to go:

    Wilson ---> Cameron
    Dyer -----> Sterling/Taarabt

    Seems kind of stupid now to use one of the transfers on a fit player (Dyer) when I've also got Cuellar, Demel, Mata and Ba injured.

    Question is, what to do instead? Demel or Cuellar ------> to a fit, playing defender and at least get 11 men out? Don't want to shift Mata or Ba, even if they miss this week.

    • 3 years, 23 days ago
    1. I'd shift wilson and demel

      • 3 years, 23 days ago
  6. What chance RVP going up to £13.5m tonight??

    • 3 years, 23 days ago
    1. unlikely.

      • 3 years, 23 days ago
  7. Di Mateo is a massive !"£$%^&*()(*&^%$£"$%^&^%$£$%^&%$£$%^&^%$£$%^&

    • 3 years, 23 days ago
    1. He's a massive equation?

      • 3 years, 23 days ago
    2. Why's that?

      • 3 years, 23 days ago
      1. He played Mata in a pointless cup tie 👿

        • 3 years, 23 days ago
        1. Why did he play Mata for 120 minutes, his most inform player - madness.......

          • 3 years, 23 days ago
        2. He will still start.

          • 3 years, 23 days ago
          1. Not looking likely at all

            It's was doubtful anyone following 120 mins mid week. Now he's carrying an injury I'd say his chances are extremely low.

            I guess that you brought him in like me lol

            • 3 years, 23 days ago
    3. is it olchiki that i cant understand?

      • 3 years, 23 days ago
  8. Ok guys, after the Demba comment from Pardew should I….

    A – Ship Wilson for Cameron, even though he’ll be 1st sub to cover Cuellar not playing. Mertesacker would be my 1st sub defender in if I don’t make this change.

    B – Ship Podolski to Ba, hoping Ba will play but if not have Kebe playing where I could have had Podolski

    C – Keep Wilson and Podolski and make both changes next week

    • 3 years, 23 days ago
      • 3 years, 23 days ago
    1. I would go B purely as i think Ba and/or Kebe will have a better week than Pod. A can be done anytime (and with Wilkinson if somehow Cameron rises).

      • 3 years, 23 days ago
  9. So who brought in Mata this week?

    I feel a Nelson Muntz haha coming on.

    • 3 years, 23 days ago
    1. Ironically, I have Nelsen (Kuntz) coming on for me now in place of Mata

      • 3 years, 23 days ago
    2. I have both and was about to sell Hazah. Finally, everything's coming up ColeHole.

      • 3 years, 23 days ago
    3. Me,

      Very tempted to now spend points to get him out. Have demel, Wilson, ba and saylor as doubts too.

      • 3 years, 23 days ago
  10. Rival has Mata, Gibbs, Cuellar and Ba.

    And he'll still probably outscore me.

    • 3 years, 23 days ago
  11. How's this looking?

    Begovic (Jaaskelainen)
    Baines Bosingwa Clark (Clyne Jenkinson)
    Hazard(c) Bale(vc) Michu Cazorla (Nolan)
    Berbatov Ba Jelavic

    0 FT, 1.8 in Bank.

    I think i'm gonna roll with this team for this week, and over the next few weeks do Jenkinson/Clark --> Sagna/Cuellar. Sound like a good plan? What would others be doing?

    • 3 years, 23 days ago
  12. - NEW POST -

    • 3 years, 23 days ago
  13. KJ-

    I'm racking my brain as to what to do for my two FTs...

    Foster (McCarthy)
    Ivanovic - Saylor - Williams (McCartney, Clyne)
    Michu - Dempsey - Fellaini - Hazard - Nolan
    RVP - Tevez (Long)

    I'm thinking that even though I would love to make a change or two to my midfield, I need to address my defense.
    Saylor > Cameron and Williams > Baird make sense? Trying to free up cash but still get defenders that will play.

    • 3 years, 23 days ago
  14. So will we receive any confirmed news that he's out rather than hes a doubt?

    • 3 years, 23 days ago
    1. Mata?

      If so, it looks highly likely that he is out.

      • 3 years, 23 days ago
  15. So I use my free transfer on Mata early, and get ****ed for it.

    And just to rub salt into my wounds, I'm 0.1 short of being able to afford a straight Mata > Hazard swap.

    FPL why do you hate me?

    • 3 years, 23 days ago
  16. 2 free transfers

    I'm thinking

    Bale to Mata (Chelsea are on fire)


    RVP to Ba (He can't stop scoring for Newcastle)

    Possible 4 point hit as well to swap Baines to Cuellar as Sunderland look amazing at home


    • 3 years, 23 days ago
    1. 3 VERY, VERY good shouts.

      • 3 years, 23 days ago
    2. Mata a big doubt with a hamstring and Ba also a doubt.

      • 3 years, 23 days ago
    3. If that's an injury joke, good one, man. 😉

      • 3 years, 23 days ago
  17. So.. Still have problem with DF. Attacking could be short too.. :(

    Berbatov .. fit to play
    Ba .. wait for AP to think tomorrow
    Mata .. very doubtful
    Jenkinson .. should be benched according to Cazorla's post
    Demel .. injured
    Wilson .. injured

    • 3 years, 23 days ago
  18. Bringing in Mata for his goal last GW has either worked out well or badly depending on how you look at it. SO tempting to do Mata > Oscar this week, but such a bad idea.

    • 3 years, 23 days ago
  19. so many people confidnt abt rvp!!!

    anyone feeling scared???that he might disappoint us big time???

    • 3 years, 23 days ago
    1. If he disappoints us big time, he will make me very happy. I'm a Gooner.

      • 3 years, 23 days ago
    2. Na, (c) Bale 😉

      • 3 years, 23 days ago
  20. Yo, what was said about Mata? Source?

    • 3 years, 23 days ago
    1. Tomata Source

      • 3 years, 23 days ago
    2. Not read but think he has a hamstring pull

      • 3 years, 23 days ago
      1. Thank you.

        • 3 years, 23 days ago
    3. RDM shoudl apologise for playing him and so many other 1st teamers for 120mins in a worthless cup match

      • 3 years, 23 days ago
  21. Did Cazorla to Mata but now tempted to do Mata to Bale as I had 2 FTs. Eurgh.

    • 3 years, 23 days ago
  22. What's the Mata everyone?

    • 3 years, 23 days ago
  23. Attacking Midfield Threats -

    There a probably a million tables like it but this one is mine ....

    • 3 years, 23 days ago
    1. Please note they are not 'Mid Priced'

      • 3 years, 23 days ago
  24. If anyone has any Fantasy League questions or needs help with their team, leave your questions here.
    Only comments/questions submitted before 10pm Friday will be answered.
    I will give my honest opinion and a detailed answer.

    • 3 years, 23 days ago

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