Massimo Cellino got this controversial Leeds call right

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Massimo Cellino went against Neil Redfearn's wishes to sell Stephen Warnock a year ago. It appears to have been a good call.

Last January Leeds United made the controversial decision to sell captain and regular starter Stephen Warnock.

Letting the left-back go prompted a split reaction from supporters, who had seen the defender rebuild his reputation after a tough spell at Aston Villa and become one of Leeds most consistent players.

He was sold to Derby County and had a disastrous start, sent off on his debut, and has been in and out of the starting XI at the Rams since signing.

Yesterday Derby confirmed on their club website they have sent Warnock out on loan for the rest of the season to League One side Wigan Athletic, where he will play alongside former Leeds colleague Jason Pearce, who sent him a message on Twitter after learning of the news.

While Leeds are no better off results wise since the move, the deal worked out for the club as young left-back Charlie Taylor has really kicked on.

Taylor was with the under-21s until Warnock was sold, slotted in as an instant replacement and looked outstanding at the position, making Warnock a distant memory.

It was a risk, but with his contract expiring the following June, getting a small fee and saving on wages at least meant Leeds got something for the defender, and while he rightly has plenty of detractors for the way he has run Leeds, this is one decision Massimo Cellino appears to have got spot on.

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