Hughes praises Taarabt attitude

Adel Taarabt
Adel Taarabt scored against West Ham on Monday night. Photo: PA

QPR manager Mark Hughes has refuted claims he has been unhappy with the attitude of midfielder Adel Taarabt of late.

The 48-year-old admitted Taarabt has stepped out of line in the past but at the moment he is happy with the contribution of the Morocco international.

Taarabt, 23, will travel to West Brom with the rest of Hughes' squad and the manager revealed guidance will always be on offer at Loftus Road.

He said: "Adel is a talented young man and that talent is recognised here, we support him but he is a young player and sometimes he makes the wrong decisions.

"There are always consequences when you do that but he is in a good place now and we are pleased with what he is producing and as a consequence we will reap the benefit on the pitch.

"Professional football is a way of life and you have to commit to that and it is fair to say that in the past Adel hasn't made the correct decisions about what he should be doing.

"But I'm very happy with what he is doing at the moment, he is training correctly, training well and having an impact. Obviously he has been injured in recent weeks so that is why I haven't been able to play him but he is back now and certainly in my thoughts for the weekend."

The former QPR captain has had his commitment called into question on a number of previous occasions but Hughes was delighted with his goalscoring contribution from the bench in the 2-1 defeat to West Ham on Monday.

"We were very pleased with what Adel produced the other night, I think he came on with a real purposeful attitude to what needed to be done at that point," he said.

"He came on and made an immediate impact and was ready to perform, which is what we want from all of our players."

The former Manchester City manager would not divulge what Taarabt had done recently to flair up suggestions of discontent but when asked if it was football-related or not he said: "Probably both it is fair to say.

"He is just a young player, he is still learning the game and still understanding what it takes to be a top professional but he will get there because he has got good people around him and we will support him and make sure he gets to the level that his talent deserves."