Taarabt was often accused at QPR of concentrating solely on attack, meaning his new Fulham team-mates may need to prepare for more defensive running.
"That's the general joke going around the training ground at the minute," Sidwell told the Daily Mail. "Listen, it's just part and parcel of players' make-up. You've got some who've got tremendous talent on the ball and their work rate off it isn't great.
"Then you've got some who've got the great work rate but not as good on the ball. You try to accommodate each others' strengths. 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 (Martin Jol) is going to emphasise that to players this season. If they don't I'm sure he'll pull them up. But you don't want to take that away from their strengths."
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