Neil Warnock admits Joey Barton was a 'little bit out of order' in his criticism of Queens Park Rangers team-mate Adel Taarabt.
Barton questioned Taarabt's attitude following QPR's 1-1 draw with Blackburn on Saturday.
The outspoken midfielder claimed he is yet to see the Morocco international's so-called 'genius' and believes the 22-year-old needs to work harder for the collection cause.
Warnock feels Barton's criticism was unnecessarily harsh and has revealed that he will speak with the former Newcastle man in an effort to get to the bottom of the issue.
"What he is saying about Adel I think is a little bit out of order," he told ESPN's Between the Lines.
"I think there is one or two lads in the team at the moment that could do better so sometimes you look elsewhere.
"If he wants Adel to chase about and tackle and run, he is never going to be able to do that."
Asked if it was Barton's place to make such comments, Warnock retorted: "I've not spoken to him. You're just telling me what has been said.
"I'll probably have a chat with him (on Tuesday) and see what he actually said."
Warnock has conceded in the past that Taarabt's enigmatic talent can be difficult to manage at times, but he believes the highly-rated youngster is a player capable of winning matches on his own and should be left to do what he does best.
"If you looked at what Adel is not good at, you wouldn't touch him with a barge pole," he said.
"You've got to look at what he is good at and we would not be where we are now without him, without me looking at what he is good at.
"Yes, he might not be able to crack in the Premier League. Even Adel doesn't know that yet. He is only a young lad. You forget he is a young kid really.
"I think he is trying very, very hard at the moment and the next few games will be interesting.
"I think when you're playing the top clubs you need that something special to win you games.
"We've missed his contribution goal-wise and hopefully, if Joey plays really well and some of the other lads play really well, the opportunities for Adel will come."
He added: "If Adel gets an opportunity and plays well he is an asset to anybody in that league.
"Yes, he has not scored in the Premier League yet, he has not set the world alight but he has had opportunities and I think [he will continue to do so]."