Leeds United fans have been left stunned by their former manager's claim about one of their former defenders.
When Liverpool announced that they had signed Virgil van Dijk from Southampton in a deal that Sky Sports are reporting to be worth £75 million, few would have imagined that around 24 hours later, it would be Neil Warnock who was doing the best job of keeping the news in the spotlight.
In reality, the Reds breaking the world record fee for a defender is newsworthy enough, but Warnock - who never seems to shy away from grabbing the spotlight - has managed to take the headlines with a surprising claim that has prompted plenty of ridicule on social media, especially amongst Leeds United fans.
In comments reported by Sky Sports, the 69-year-old has suggested that Cardiff City defender Sol Bamba is a better defender than van Dijk - though he was able to praise the Dutchman for his ability with the ball at his feet.
Bamba has been a key man for Warnock's Bluebirds this season, often looking inspired for the side. However, the claims have been ridiculed from the large majority of football fans, and Leeds supporters are certainly no different.
Warnock does not enjoy the best relationship with the Whites fans after his poor tenure at the club as manager, while Bamba's spell as a player at Elland Road is remembered for his brilliant loan spell, and his almost complete loss of all form once he was signed permanently.
And the Leeds fans who have been left scratching their heads after Warnock's statement have had no problem attempting to remind him of the time when Ross Barkley could not get a look-in while on loan with his Leeds side - as players such as Michael Tonge and Michael Brown were preferred - in an attempt to prove that his assessments of players can perhaps sometimes be wide of the mark.
Here is what some of the Leeds supporters had to say after their former manager's comments about their former defender and the comparison with a player now worth £75 million...
Michael Brown is better than Ross Barkley - Neil Warnock football dinosaur #lufc— Phil Mooney (@Whiteyorkist) December 28, 2017
Warnock's an attention seeker. I would guess he's trying to boost Bamba's ego a bit after a disasterous Xmas in the league! #MOT— Gwyn Hughes (@gwynhughes) December 28, 2017
2 things il never forget in December of 2017. Niel warnock saying Sol Bamba is better than Van Dijk & Carvalhal getting boot from Wednesday then appointed at Swansea— Nigel Thomas (@nt86lufc) December 28, 2017
The same Neil Warnock who didn't start Ross Barkley for Leeds as he thought Paul Green and Michael Brown were far superior https://t.co/lMwuZ63RXw— mo (@jameslahart) December 28, 2017
Have I just heard Neil Warnock on Sky saying Sol Bamba is a better defender than Van Dijk? Too many Christmas sherbets...— Aiden (@aidendwilliams) December 28, 2017
hmm this is the same Neil Warnock who sent Ross Barkley back to Everton when on loan because we had Michael tonge instead #lufc— Ryan (@CheekyGit93) December 28, 2017
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