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Taarabt to Manchester United?

I woke this morning to see the rumour mill in full swing regarding the possible move of QPR‘s Adel Taarabt to Manchester United during this upcoming January transfer window. While my excitement levels were initially through the roof, the more I considered the possible switch, the more I felt it wasn’t such a good fit.

Full disclosure: I am a huge Taarabt fan. I think he has huge potential, and given the right environment, could become a £20 million+ rated player. But, I can’t help but feel he would be more of a luxury signing than anything else if he did head to Old Trafford.

Given United’s impressive attacking stocks, I couldn’t see the Morocco international being any more than a squad player, given his inconsistency and the talent already in his position as a central, attacking midfielder. It was thought that he could be a possible replacement for Nani or Ashley Young out wide, but I think his talents are best utilised in closer to the action.

For the sake of the player’s development, he needs to be starting games every week, just as he is now at QPR. Yes, he can be spectacular, but he does have the tendency to drift out of games as well. He is still only 23, and a few more consistent years in the top flight are what’s needed before any big-money moves (that’s assuming QPR can stay up. I can only hope so.)

So, what then for United? With the transfer window looming large, I don’t think it’s any secret what areas need strengthening: the centre of midfield, and of course, defence. Leighton Baines has (again) been linked, and a centre-half wouldn’t hurt either. Taarabt isn’t the answer for the former – a midfield ‘general’ is. I, like many other fans, were bitterly disappointed that Paul Pogba didn’t stick around. The versatile Kevin Strootman could be that man to fill the void, or someone else in the mould of Joao Moutinho.

Having said all that, if Taarabt did end up finding his way to United, I’d be snapping up his replica jersey quick smart. But unless there’s a bargain to be had (with the player that is, not my jersey), I can’t help but feel those funds could be spent elsewhere.

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