Former Tottenham midfielder Adel Taarabt has finally made his Benfica first-team introduction – almost four years after signing up for the Portuguese club.

It had been Taarabt’s first outing for Benfica since joining them June 2015 after his Queens Park Rangers bargain has been terminated by mutual consent.

Taarabt failed to possess some shots or build some chances also had 16 rolls.

But his break through came after Benfica manager Bruno Lage, who shot over the team from early January, recently described him as”a player who consistently trained well, with the intensity I enjoy”.

Under Lage, Taarabt came back to Benfica first-team training at February after having a seven-month bout with the reservations followed by an 18-month loan interval at German club Genoa.

Taarabt has previously played for Tottenham Hotspur, both Fulham and AC Milan.

A creative midfielder, his career was blighted by criticism against directors and past QPR boss Neil Warnock opted for”talented, exciting and frustrating” when asked to describe his then captain in three words.

Taarabt was criticised by then-QPR manager Harry Redknapp at October 2014 if you are”around three stone overweight” however he played times once Redknapp was substituted as boss by Chris Ramsey at February 2015.

At international level, he was embroiled in controversy – he walked on the Morocco side in mid-2011 when then coach Eric Gerets benched him for an integral Nations Cup qualifier.

He’s four goals in 17 appearances for the Atlas Lions, but his very last appearance for the North Africans has been at an agreeable against Gabon at March 2014.


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