Queens Park Rangers’ Adel Taarabt relishing Swansea City clash

Queens Park Rangers playmaker Adel Taarabt is relishing the chance to face Swansea City at Loftus Road on Saturday

Adel Taarabt
Adel Taarabt has scored 29 goals in 123 appearances for QPR Photo: M Ennaimi, via Wikimedia

Adel Taarabt

Adel Taarabt admits he is relishing the chance to continue his good record against Swansea City when Queens Park Rangers welcome Michael Laudrup’s side to Loftus Road on Saturday.

The Morocco international scored a brace in a 4-0 victory over the Swans in the Championship in 2010, before the 23-year-old inspired the Hoops to a crucial 3-0 win towards the end of last season.

“I can’t wait to get started and it’s nice that we start with Swansea as I have a good record against them,” Taarabt told the Daily Star.

“I always seem to play well and score goals against them. They must hate playing against me and will probably be sick of the sight of me.

“They do play very good football but that just seems to bring the best out of my game. I’m hoping I will be given a chance to play again and it’s important we start well.”

QPR boss Mark Hughes has signed Rob Green, Ryan Nelsen, Fabio Da Silva, Park Ji-Sung, Samba Diakite and Andy Johnson during the summer transfer window.

But Taarabt is not fazed by the competition from the new arrivals and is looking forward to being part of an exciting new era at Loftus Road.

“I think I have matured as a player and was happy to sign the new contract,” he added.

“There have been a lot of new faces, with all the signings, and these are some exciting times.

“I want to be part of that. The club is getting bigger and bigger, with a new training ground and talk of a new stadium.

“Last year our aim was to stay in the Premier League. We achieved that and now we want to progress and improve.”

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