Shaun Derry has told talkSPORT that Adel Taarabt has the potential to become whatever he wants, but admits he must change his mentality first.
The Moroccan midfielder has been an enigma ever since his arrival at Spurs back in 2007, but he only managed 16 appearances for the north Londoners before joining Queens Park Rangers.
At Loftus Road the 23-year-old has had mixed fortunes. He starred for the Super Hoops as they won promotion to the Premier League but over the last two seasons in the top flight his impact has been minimal.
And Derry believes to become a key player for the club he must alter his attitude.
He told Drive Time: “I’ve been at QPR for three years now and whenever anyone asks me about what it’s like at QPR, within five minutes people will ask me about Adel Taarabt because he’s one of those characters. He’s one of the players who people just can’t work out.
“I thought I could work him out, but I can’t. I’ve played a number of games with Adel and all I say for him, and I tell him to his face, he could be whatever he wants to be.
“At the minute he’s not in the team. He should be in the team because he’s got fantastic ability but only he and his mental state can get himself back into this football club.
“He can play at whatever level he wants to play at. He really is that good but you’ve got to prove it and you’ve got to have the right mentality to go out onto the football pitch. Your ability can only get you to a certain level. It’s what’s upstairs that gets you everywhere else.”