Talented young midfielder who can play as a second forward, but one who it is claimed has a fiery temper, having criticised his more experienced team-mates in training at French club RC Lens.
Signed for Tottenham on loan in January 2007 until June 2007, when the move was made permanent. At the time he was described as the new Zinedine Zidane.
Had a few substitute appearances for the Spurs team, but in March 2009 was a allowed to go on loan to Queens Park Rangers until the end of the season. Injury saw the midfielder return early, but he had won a new set of fans while at Loftus Road and towards the end of the season, he made his debut for Morocco, having chosen the land of his father over the land of his birth to play for.
During the summer of 2009, there were stories of disquiet as he had not broken into the first team and Adel was linked with moves to Espanyol, West Bromwich Albion and Lazio, but returned to Loftus Road for another loan spell at QPR, this time for the whole season.
He was feted among the fans for his skill in the Championship, but he did fall out when he threw a strop in the centre circle and fell out with manager Jim Magilton. When the boss was sacked and Neil Warnock replaced him, he had great faith in Taarabt and made him a regular, but the prospect of him joining on a permanent transfer was remote, as the cost could have been out of even the moneyed owners of Rangers.
Adel returned to Tottenham in the summer and was in the team during pre-season, as Tottenham prepared for an assault on four fronts in 2010-11. But having seemingly been handed the number 11 squad number, he played a couple of pre-season friendlies with the first team and the Spurs XI, before being sold to QPR for an undisclosed fee. Spurs were said to have attached a hefty 45% sell on clause though.
At Loftus Road, he found his freedom and was given the captain's armband as he created the chances that took Rangers to the top of the Championship in the early part of that season. With promotion to the Premiership came expectation and that failed to be realised, as, after one season in the top flight, a poor start saw Mark Hughes sacked and Harry Redknapp was brought in to prevent Rangers returning to the Championship, but he could not manage that feat. Taarabt had left Spurs when Redknapp was manager and while he praised the Moroccan, he was not always selected and with the club looking to reduce it's wage bill, Adel left to join up again with Martin Jol at Fulham on a season long loan. He stayed at the club after Jol had been sacked and Rene Meulensteen took over, but shortly before the end of the January 2014 transfer window, he moved to AC Milan on loan after QPR sanctioned the move.