Adel Tarrabt is going to have to bide his time – but Chris Ramsey is determined to make a success out of the Moroccan.
QPR’s coach has not given up on getting the best out of a wayward talent that has divided opinion wider than The Mall.
Ramsey insists getting the midfielder back on the right road will be his and maybe Rs salvation as soon as the not-so-small matter of Premier League safety has been sorted.
“Let’s be honest,” said the Rs coach, “he should be playing for a top team in a top country like he showed at AC Milan when on loan. Many a person has tried (to coach him) and it has to come from within to some extent.
“At the moment, I don’t think I’ve got the time to spend when I’ve got to get the rest of the squad where I want them to be, and it's frustrating because he’s one of the best players in the Premiership.”
Former boss Neil Warnock reckoned the best way to deal with Taarabt was to let him run free in training and the team.
It paid dividends as Rs romped to the Championship title in 2011. That won’t do now, says the current man in charge.
“When Adel played for QPR in the Championship he was in slightly better condition than he is at the moment, and younger, and winning games for the team on a weekly basis, but he hasn’t been able to recapture that form,” Ramsey explained.
“Unless, you’re winning the game single-handedly like he was in those days you have to respect players and join in the workrate.
“When’s he’s played he’s done that to be fair.
“I’d admire his ability, and I hope he regains the form he had when he first came to QPR.”