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After an excellent 2010-11 season in the Championship, Adel Taarabt lost focus.
He scored 19 goals and provided 16 assists in 43 appearances for Queen's Park Rangers, propelling them back into England's top flight with sublime confidence.
Shortly after the season ended, the big guns came in.
As reported by ESPN, a £13.5 million switch to Paris Saint-Germain looked imminent. An agreement was never reached, and a frustrated Taarabt entered his first full Premier League season with the expectation he'd be sold in January (via The Sun).
By the time January arrived, his QPR career was in tatters. Poor performances saw the Moroccan suffer embarrassing halftime substitutions, and eventually, he was dropped from the team.
Flashes of brilliance did arrive, but they were few and far between. Taarabt finished the season with two goals and three assists, ensuring Europe's top sides were no longer interested.
With a three-year contract secured at QPR, he needs to exert himself next season. The Premier League is waiting, and if Taarabt can perform, Europe's elite will be waiting too.