Joey Barton has claimed that Arsenal and Chelsea target Adel Taraabt hasn’t been working hard enough to earn a spot in the starting line up for QPR.
Barton signed to QPR in the summer transfer window, and has since been made captain of the side.
And the controversial midfielder has turned his attentions to Taraabt, who was a target for both Arsenal and Chelsea in the summer, and looks set to leave in January.
"At the end of the day this is the top level of world football, and if you’re not prepared to work hard, you’ll come up massively short," Barton said.
"You know, if I was Adel and I had Adel’s ability, I wouldn't want to come up short having not worked hard enough.
"He was told he was a genius; I’ve yet to see it, and I don’t know whether that’s because he doesn’t work hard enough or whether he tends to sulk.
"I mean, I’m happy that he’s upset really because it shows he does care, but there’s a way of doing it.
“There’s a few lads who weren’t selected [in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers] and their heads have gone down, and maybe they could apply themselves better to that decision, but it’s one of those things.
"You know, there’s going to be 14 officially in that squad that keep this side in the league this year, everyone has to buy into it, and there’ll be times when players come in and out, but I think their reaction, their attitude to it is going to be the most important thing, not getting the bus home with fans and storming off."
Tabaarbt claimed in the summer that both Arsenal and Chelsea had made enquiries over his services, and while he said he wanted to leave QPR, the striker stayed at Loftus Road past deadline day.
But recently Neil Warnock admitted that if Taraabt does want to leave the club in January he is welcome to do so, putting both Arsenal and Chelsea on alert over his availability.