Ross McCormack has had something of a torrid time since his big-money, £13 million switch from Fulham to Aston Villa at the beginning of August 2016.
Capably prolific for both Leeds United (58 goals) and Fulham (42 goals), the Scottish striker’s 24 games for Villa have only produced three goals and one assist. However, his problems aren’t only obvious in his inability to get into the opposition penalty area, they are elsewhere too.
Castigated by Villa head coach Steve Bruce for his attitude towards training, including calling in and saying he couldn’t get out of his gated house due to faulty electrics, it was increasingly obvious that the Villa hierarchy had suffered enough of his antics.
A loan spell at Nottingham Forest didn’t really pull up any trees either as the Villa hitman only scored once in seven games before not attending training for three weeks, effectively curtailing his loan at The City Ground. This led then Forest manager Mark Warburton to accept the inevitable that McCormack would likely not play again before the end of last season – according to The Telegraph at the time.
With there appearing to be no way back into the Villa side, the Scot was shipped off to Australia and Melbourne City. Training or not, scandal or otherwise, McCormack has definitely found his shooting boots again.
Selection of McCormack’s Melbourne City goals
That selection are just three of the 12 goals that the former Leeds United, Fulham and Aston Villa forward has scored in just 14 games down under. Continuing at this pace, maybe…just maybe McCormack will get the football bit between his teeth again, getting back that enthusiasm that made him a dangerous forward in English football.