LEEDS United fans should not worry about losing El-Hadji Diouf in the January transfer window following another stellar display, according to his manager, Neil Warnock.
The Senegal international, who left Doncaster Rovers in the summer following their relegation to League One, was once again at the top of his game on Tuesday as Leeds bloodied the noses of Everton and sent the Premier League high-fliers packing in the Capital One Cup at the third-round stage.
Goals from Aidy White and Rodolph Austin ensured that Sylvain Distin’s late header was nothing more than a consolation in a 2-1 defeat for Everton, but it was the showing of Diouf, who struck six goals in 23 appearances for Rovers last term, that got many talking.
He has rarely been a popular figure during his decade-long stay in England, with Warnock himself once comparing him to a sewer rat.
The pair have formed an unlikely double act at Elland Road, though, and even though Diouf could walk away from Leeds in January, Warnock is sure that they will remain as football’s odd couple.
“Dioufy will not go anywhere else, he’s promised me certain things and I’m happy with that,” Warnock said.
“He’s obviously not doing it for money, he’s one of the lowest-paid players at the club. He’s not going to get a stage like this again is he? He’s a matador and you need something like that.
“It’s no good going to Saudi Arabia or Dubai or wherever he was going for six or seven times the wages. He’s better off with me, isn’t he? He’s given me his word, if that’s worth it. He’s been straight up with me and I’ve been straight up with him.”