Barton blasts Taarabt for not working hard enough
Published 22:28 16/10/11 By MirrorFootball
Joey Barton has blasted Adel Taarabt for walking out on QPR during the defeat at Fulham.
And the England midfielder also questioned the work ethic of the Moroccan playmaker who was dropped to the bench for the 1-1 home draw with Blackburn.
Barton said: “I came here and was told he was a genius. But I’m yet to see it and I don’t know whether it is because he does not work hard enough, or whether he tends to sulk.
“This is the top level of world football and if you’re not prepared to work hard you will come up massively short.
“If I had Adel’s ability, I would not want to be coming up short having not worked hard enough.”
The outburst came after boss Neil Warnock launched a mole hunt for the player who had leaked team information before the game with rock-bottom Blackburn. QPR have now failed to win in five matches at home this season – and face Chelsea, Spurs and Manchester City in their next three fixtures.
But Warnock’s biggest task is restoring the harmony in a squad where Taarabt, the star of the Championship-winning team, has now been joined by equally big talents and egos.
The veteran boss admitted he gave the 22-year-old special treatment and claimed last week: “All the group accept what he is. It doesn’t affect our spirit.”
Yet Barton has now revealed the unhappiness of the rest of the squad with Taarabt after he left Craven Cottage at half-time during their 6-0 defeat to Fulham. The former Newcastle star added: “I don’t know if he got a lot of stick.
“He deserved some if he didn’t. He should be getting a lot. I am happy that he is upset really as it shows that he does care.
“He is not the only one guilty of it. What we have to understand here is that there are a few lads who were not selected and their heads have gone down.
“But maybe they can apply themselves better to that decision.
“It is one of those things. There is going to be a 14-15 man squad that will keep this side in the league.
“Everyone has to buy into it as there will be times when players come in and out.
“But their reaction to it will be the most important thing, not getting a bus home with fans and storming off. Adel knows that.
“It would have been nice if he had come in and apologised to the group for doing that, but he didn’t think he needed to. As one of the senior players, maybe he should have.”