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Neil Warnock: 'Sol Bamba is better than Virgil van Dijk'

Warnock: 'Sol Bamba better than Van Dijk'
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Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock claims that Sol Bamba is a better defender than new £75m Liverpool signing Virgil van Dijk.

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock has claimed that Sol Bamba is a better defender than new £75m Liverpool signing Virgil van Dijk.

Van Dijk will become the most expensive defender in history once his move from Southampton officially goes through on January 1, surpassing the £54m Manchester City paid for Kyle Walker during the summer.

However, Warnock - who revealed that he had the chance to sign Van Dijk for just £6m while at Crystal Palace - insists that his current centre-back Bamba is more accomplished than the Dutchman.

"Van Dijk's got better attributes on the ball but I don't think he's a better defender than Sol Bamba. I think Van Dijk is more confident on the ball and easier on the eye but I don't think he's better defensively," he told reporters.

"When I was at Palace, the centre half I was looking at was van Dijk and I suggested we buy him for £6m.

"At the time the chief scout said he wasn't quick enough, he was playing in the Scottish League and he didn't see him stepping up to the level we were looking for. I hope he's watching this morning that chief scout, £75m? It made me smile when I saw that."

Cardiff currently sit third in the Championship table, only outside the automatic promotion places on goal difference.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

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