Jenas compares Taarabt to Zinedine Zidane

Tottenham Hotspur could certainly do with a world-class player to help them through a difficult stage in their season, with their Champions League dream reaching a premature end, and Jermaine Jenas thought Spurs had landed a player for the ages.

The former Spurs man stated how impressed he was with Adel Taarabt when the Lilywhites secured his services in 2007, with Jenas going as far as comparing the Moroccan to French legend Zinedine Zidane.

Quoted by Goal, he said:

“I have seen him do some of the most outrageous things I have ever seen done with a football on a football pitch in my life. Even as a young 16-, 17-year-old when he came to Spurs, I was just like ‘we have found Zidane, we have found him, we’ve got Zidane, I can’t believe it, we’re going to be unbelievable!’”

“Then all of a sudden, you were just like something is just not right, I cant figure it out. When you were out on the pitch with him, it just felt like he would do things at silly times and you felt ‘he’s going to cost us here’.”

Previously a highly-rated youngster at White Hart Lane, Taarabt failed to make the grade properly in North London and instead moved across London to QPR, where he spent five years that included loan spells with Fulham and AC Milan.

Now 27, Taarabt is currently with Portuguese outfit Benfica but is yet to make an appearance this term.