With Taarabt’s history this could be a case of the pot calling the kettle black…
QPR midfielder Adel Taarabt has laid in to Liverpool flop Mario Balotelli, reports the Daily Mail.
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The Moroccan played alongside the 24-year-old at AC Milan last season while he was on loan to the Serie A club. He says that this up close experience with the mercurial forward has led him to believe that he is not a world class player.
The QPR man claims that the Italian does not score enough goals and has thrown away all the chances that he has had in his career. The striker has played at Inter Milan, Manchester CIty, AC Milan, and now Liverpool, but only played well in flashes if at all for each team.
Speaking on Italian TV, Taarabt said, “Everybody told me he (Balotelli) was amazing. I played with him and I can confirm he’s good, but he didn’t seem like a world-class player to me.”
He continued, “He has a strong shot but he doesn’t play for the team. Or if he does, then he doesn’t score which is the case now with Liverpool. He had a lot of chances, from Manchester City to Milan, and he threw them all away.”
This is pretty damning criticism from the midfielder, who hasn’t exactly lived up to his potential himself. Despite being undoubtedly very talented, the 25-year-old has been unable to get in to the QPR side after arguing over his fitness with manager Harry Redknapp and chairman Harry Fernandes.