Posh claims over Tom­lin are just ridicu­lous, says Blue­birds boss Warnock

Western Mail - - SPORT -

NEIL Warnock has hit out at the “ridicu­lous” claims from Peter­bor­ough’s chair­man over the money Cardiff City are pay­ing Lee Tom­lin – but ad­mit­ted the mer­cu­rial mid­fielder needs to do more to earn a reg­u­lar Blue­birds place.

Warnock is still full of faith in the player signed from Bris­tol City this sum­mer, de­scribed at the time as be­ing on the vet­eran man­ager’s trans­fer wish­list and bring­ing about com­par­isons to the role Adel Taarabt played in fir­ing Warnock’s QPR to pro­mo­tion in 2011.

Tom­lin, though, has strug­gled to com­mand a start­ing spot in the Cardiff side, with six of his nine ap­pear­ances com­ing off the bench.

He still re­mains a favourite of fans and many sup­port­ers were shocked to see out­spo­ken Posh chair­man Dar­ragh MacAn­thony claim Tom­lin had wanted to join the League One out­fit in­stead of Cardiff when he was set to quit Ash­ton Gate.

And MacAn­thony – dur­ing a ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion with fans on so­cial me­dia – in­sisted Tom­lin, who spent four years with Posh ear­lier in his ca­reer, was now pock­et­ing £28,000-a-week wages at Cardiff City Sta­dium af­ter his agent blocked a move to Lon­don Road.

The 41-year-old Dubliner said: “Lee con­tacted me and asked about com­ing back, but his agent wanted him to stay in the Cham­pi­onship. We made the call to Bris­tol City, but it didn’t work out and Lee is now on £28k a week at Cardiff!”

But Warnock, speak­ing ahead of Mon­day night’s clash with Read­ing, dis­missed MacAn­thony’s ver­sion of events, also tak­ing is­sue with re­ports that Cardiff paid close to £3m for the cre­ative tal­ent.

Asked if he was sur­prised by MacAn­thony’s claims, Warnock said: “No, not re­ally, I think he’s just try­ing to get out of a hole with his own fans by the sound of it. It’s ridicu­lous.

“And if he’s go­ing to say stupid com­ments like that he should at least make sure he’s got the facts.

“We only paid £1.5m, I think every­body knows that, and not £2.9m – and I bet Tom­lin wishes he was on that sort of money. He’s nowhere near that, miles away.

“It doesn’t help, com­ments like that, and I don’t know where he was say­ing it but he some­times, be­cause of who he is, thinks he can say what he wants and to hell with the con­se­quences.

“I think he was try­ing to get out of a hole with his own fans be­cause he was look­ing to sign some­one like Tom­lin in the sum­mer, which, no dis­re­spect to Peter­bor­ough, I wouldn’t have thought they had a cat in hell’s chance of sign­ing him for the sort of money you’re talk­ing about.”

Cardiff fans are still keen for Tom­lin to get the chance to show why there was such ex­cite­ment about the former Mid­dles­brough and Bournemouth man’s ar­rival.

He has been seen as a player that can add an ex­tra cre­ative edge to Cardiff, with Warnock still hope­ful the 28-year-old will have a sig­nif­i­cant part to play in the sec­ond­half of the sea­son as the Blue­birds look to main­tain form that has made au­to­matic pro­mo­tion a pos­si­bil­ity.

Warnock has pre­vi­ously ad­mit­ted the player had been af­fected by off-the-field is­sues, Tom­lin hav­ing to ap­pear in court where he ad­mit­ted a charge of af­fray from an night­club in­ci­dent dur­ing his time in Bris­tol.

Yet, with that be­hind him, Tom­lin hinted at his worth with a sec­ond-half im­pact in last week’s come­back win over Nor­wich, the at­tack-minded mid­fielder in­volved in two of goals in the 3-1 vic­tory and cre­at­ing a vi­ral buzz with a video clip of a turn to take out two vis­it­ing play­ers.

But Warnock warned that he still needs more from Tom­lin (pic­tured), say­ing: “We know what he can do, but we also know he’s still got to work on other as­pects of his game and we’ve put that in place for him.

“Lee knows he’s a match­win­ner for us, but we’ve got to try and hope he can even­tu­ally start a game rather than just be a sub­sti­tute. He has to work very hard at his fit­ness which he doesn’t find easy. Some peo­ple are nat­u­rally fit.

“It’s not all about do­ing the wrong things be­cause he is work­ing very hard and we need him to be­cause we’ve got to have peo­ple who can change and win matches for us in the sec­ond half of the sea­son.

“We’ve got to get him on the top of his game, not just Lee Tom­lin but a few of them with a bit of luck with injuries. We’ve lost four of our best play­ers. I some­times for­get who we’ve lost be­cause they’re not there and the lads who’ve come in have done well, but it is frus­trat­ing be­cause I know how good we could be with those lads.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.