On the same day that saw Moroccan international Adel Taarabt depart Loftus Road, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas signed for QPR following his release from Bristol City. In two seasons at Ashton Gate Emmanuel-Thomas found the net 33 times in all competitions, notably a 30 yard thunderbolt versus Bristol Rovers. Emmanuel-Thomas’ signing was greeted by some quarters in a typically understated twitter manner:
— J a c k (@justj_allen16) June 12, 2015
What a great signing Jay Emmanuel-Thomas is for QPR. On form and on point there won't be a more creative player in the Championship #flair
— Craig Honeyman (@Craig_Honeyman) June 12, 2015
Although some Rs fans still need winning over:
— rik (@harris_ricky) June 12, 2015
Taarabt flys off to Benfica and Emmanuel-Thomas jets in from Bristol. This ‘b’ themed alliteration is not the only similarity between Taarabt and ‘JET’. Both have been described as enigmatic, and can dazzle and frustrate in equal measure. A fact not lost on some fans.
There is talent in there.
Ironically he's very #Taarabt like!
— The Red Fury (@ChrisBessex) June 12, 2015
Taarabt was the darling of QPR when they won promotion to the Premier League in 2011, as Adel personally won Football League player of the year. In this process he scored 19 times and raised the Loftus Road roof with his mazy running and silky skills. However over the next four years his position deteriorated, with manager Harry Redknapp criticizing him for being overweight and lazy. Many Rs fans concurred. Loan spells at west London rivals Fulham and AC Milan did nothing to propel Taarabt back to the giddy heights of 2011 in a hoops jersey. I don’t think QPR fans are that sad to see the back of him…
@QPRFC Great news, we should have sold him earlier…waste of space.
Didn't love the club!
— Marvelous Marv (@Marvelousmarv5) June 12, 2015
— Tony Ryan (@Tonyryan111) June 12, 2015
@QPRFC Good riddance Just a petulant child Was never a team player Shame his ego & advisers thought he was the new Messi
— Robbo (@sjr66qpr) June 12, 2015
@QPRFC thanks for one of the 6 years ?
— chezza (@CherysClass) June 12, 2015
Taarabt out, JET in. Somehow this doesn’t seem to alter the equilibrium in W12. For JET’s sake, and for the sanity of Chris Ramsey and the Loftus Road faithful, let’s hope that Jay doesn’t fall into the same pitfalls that Taarabt seemingly found so abundant – particuarly on Edgware Road!