Fulham midfielder Steve Sidwell has warned Fulham new boy Adel Taarabt that he will have to pull his weight at Craven Cottage.
Mercurial playmaker Taarabt has joined Fulham on a season-long loan from Queens Park Rangers with Martin Jol a big fan of the Moroccan.
The 24-year-old has come under fire for his work rate from former managers and Sidwell insists ‘lazy’ performances will not be tolerated at Fulham
“The general joke going around the training ground at the minute is I’m going to have to do loads more running,” said Sidwell, speaking at a Tackle Africa HIV education charity event.
“I’m sure the manager’s looked at that and it’s great to have these players like Adel, Bryan and Berba but if they’re not going to do their job… everyone’s got to work for the team.
“It doesn’t matter who you are, you can’t be lazy, everyone’s got to put the work rate in. I’m sure the gaffer is going to emphasise that to players this season. If they don’t I’m sure he’ll pull them up. You don’t want to take that away from their strengths.
“If the manager’s got them, I’ll assume they can all play together. We’ve got to accommodate it.”