Aston Villa scored the third highest amount of goals in the recently concluded Championship campaign after hitting the back of the net on 72 occasions – only champions Wolves (82) and play-off final winners Fulham (79) scored more.
Villa were certainly efficient in front of goal compared to most of the other Championship teams; however, a lot of those goals came from midfield and out wide.
Lewis Grabban did a decent job leading the line for the Villans after he joined on loan from Bournemouth back in January. But Scott Hogan wasn’t always as effective, registering six times in 38 appearances – although only half of those 38 appearances were starts.
If Steve Bruce’s men want to go for another promotion push in the next Championship season, then not only will they need to retain most of what they’ve got, but they’ll need to add to it.
Considering Aston Villa’s current financial situation, there’s practically no chance owner Tony Xia goes out and spends £15m on a new centre-forward. So with that in mind, Bruce should strongly consider keeping the £5m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Ross McCormack at the club.
McCormack’s transfer from Fulham to Villa Park hasn’t worked out, but the 31-year-old has been one of the most prolific Championship goalscorers in recent years and could easily help Villa to another promotion charge under the right circumstances.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that Bruce should give up on Hogan, for example. But if the former Hull City manager feels like he needs more firepower in his squad up front, then McCormack could be the solution.