Wednesday, May 13

How do you solve a problem like Mauro?

Mauro Zarate is clearly a skilful player, but also, shall we say, high maintenance. The Evening Standard reports that Zarate reacted so furiously to being left out of QPR's squad at Manchester City on Sunday that he was told to travel home to London alone. He has been suspended for two weeks and the club don't expect him to turn up for the final week.

Zarate has already fallen out with Sam Allardyce this season and was signed on loan for QPR by Harry Redknapp; who then tried to send him back to West Ham in a swap deal for Matt Jarvis. He's now clashed with Chris Ramsey - that's three managers in one season. So Zarate is now West Ham's problem again, and picking up reported wages of £40,000 a week, claims the Standard.

If Big Sam goes and West Ham have a new manager might the new boss be able to finally get the talent out of Zarate? Or is he our version of Adel Taarabt, a volatile individual doomed to waste his undoubted talent?

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