In news that was hardly unexpected (below), Aston Villa striker Ross McCormack has left Villa Park and signed up for Motherwell.
— Motherwell FC (@MotherwellFC) January 5, 2019
McCormack is definitely out-of-favour at Villa Park, likely never to play again for the side who paid nearly £13m for his signature. What Villa have gotten for that huge amount is just 24 appearances, three goals and one assist.
It is a far cry from the days he burst on to the scene at Cardiff City (88 games/30 goals/eight assists). Long gone are the days he continued his rise to prominence at Leeds United (157 games/58 goals/31 assists). Forgotten is his consistency at Fulham (100 games/42 goals/22 assists).
Instead, after a lax attitude to training, including not appearing after being locked in his house due to malfunctioning gates, it appears that Villa have decided to cut their losses. Motherwell is the latest club on his loan trails after Nottingham Forest and spells in Australia’s A-League with Melbourne City and Central Coast Mariners.
Motherwell, in a post on the club website, relay McCormack’s joy at being back with the Steelmen, for whom he played between 2006-2008.
“I am delighted to be back,. Although I was a youth player at Rangers, got a good education there and played some first team games, I feel like this was the club that helped launch my career and I will be forever grateful for that. I’ve had a frustrating few years and I am desperate to just get back on the pitch again and do what I do. I want to put something back in to Motherwell for what they did for me all those years ago. My aim is to come in and score goals, help the team and help develop some of the younger talent in the squad.” Ross McCormack – Motherwell website.
Aston Villa will, meanwhile, be hoping that their other prolific striker, on loan Tammy Abraham, stays in the Midlands amidst rumours that there is Premier League interest in him.