Adel Taarabt is like Diego Maradona, says Fulham boss

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Fulham boss Martin Jol has made the bold comparison between Adel Taarabt and living legend Diego Maradona.

Clearly confident in the Moroccan's ability, the Dutch chief praised the sporadic play-maker, labelling him as one of the most talented players you're ever likely to see.

The midfielder has struggled since arriving in England with Tottenham, and although he has shown glimpses of his undoubted ability, the former Lens man has often flattered to deceive.

Having left Spurs initially on loan, he made his move to QPR permanent, helping the side into the Premier League.

However, after impressing in the Championship, he again failed to live up to his potential last season as the West London outfit were relagated.

Since joining Fulham on loan, Taarabt has made just two Premier League starts as he struggles with fitness.

But boss Jol revealed the 24-year-old is working hard to gain fitness, claiming in the Evening Standard that "“He is still fighting and doing extra sessions to get him fit."

And in a glowing reference from former Tottenham and Ajax boss Jol, Taarabt's abilities - once likened to French legend Zinedine Zidane by Harry Redknapp - were compared to the great Argentinian Maradona.

“Adel is a Maradona type of talent," said Jol. "He is a one off. He is one of the most gifted players you will ever see on the pitch but he has to be a team player as well.”

And Jol will be hoping Maradona-like Taarabt can inspire his Fulham side when he regains fitness.

Fulham have had a largely disappointing start to the campaign and currently sit just two points away from the drop zone.

The Cottagers face a potentially tricky away tie in the Capital One Cup tonight as they travel to Leicester City.

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