Neil Warnock praises his former Leeds United defender Tom Lees, despite previous criticism

The Sheffield Wednesday centre-back will want to show Neil Warnock what he can do.

Sheffield Wednesday take on Rotherham United this weekend in a South Yorkshire derby, with Neil Warnock surely in for a rough ride.

The Rotherham boss is famously a Sheffield United fan and also spent eight years as a successful manager at Bramall Lane.

The game will also see Warnock go head-to-head with a former Leeds United player of his. Tom Lees has been in great form for Sheffield Wednesday this season, but was perhaps not the favourite player of Warnock's at Elland Road.

He often criticised Lees for his performances at the club and in March 2013 it came to a head. Warnock slammed Lees for a red card picked up in a 3-0 defeat against Ipswich Town, being quoted by the BBC as stating:

"We've got one lad who's let everyone down. He's let me down, the team down and the fans who travelled here.

"It was one stupid moment."

Ahead of facing off with Lees as Rotherham United boss he has much kinder words to say about the player. He is quoted by the Yorkshire Post as stating:

"Tom Lees was with me at Leeds. Very steady and underrated."

This will no doubt come as a shock to Leeds fans, who often poked fun at the fact Warnock always seemed to blame Lees for his struggles at Elland Road.

He also backed him at times, especially after the racist incidents in Serbia whilst playing for England under-21s.

No doubt Warnock will manage a warm word and a cuddle with his former Leeds scapegoat this weekend and Lees will likely reciprocate.

But make no doubt about it, the Sheffield Wednesday star will want victory.

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