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Taarabt and Cisse still in Hughes' plans

Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Hughes maintains that Adel Taarabt and Djibril Cisse have big futures at the club, despite both dropping out of the first team recently.

Taarabt, 23, has not featured since the opening day of the season, while Cisse, 31, has not started for the club since their second game.

Hughes, however, insists these are only temporary issues as he recalibrates his team and believes the pair both still have a key part to play in his plans.

"On the first day of the season we were beaten at home quite extensively and I made changes," he said. "These changes affected Adel, but he's very well thought of here. This is the best place for him and he will get games. He has to bide his time like a number of other players do.

"There are a number of players waiting to get a run in the team, and they will get that run. They just need to keep on focusing on working hard on training and making it difficult to leave them out of the team.

"[Cisse] started the first two games and then I changed things around with different formations and different challenges. I just felt Bobby [Zamora] and Andy [Johnson] would help us in those games. So he's gone out of the team.

"We know exactly what Djibril gives us. He's an outstanding finisher. As a team, we're strong and compact and we have enough quality about us to be able to release Djibril at the right time to show what he can do."

Hughes did reveal that Cisse's appearances may still be limited to cameos from the bench, depending on the style of of team that they come up against.

"Even if Djibril isn't in the team, he's a great impact sub to be able to bring on and change games," he added. "So the different type of forwards I've got is a comfort to me. It allows me to make changes to personnel and, playing different opposition, we can pose different threats to whoever we're playing against. He's very much in my thoughts."


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