Imagine being Ross McCormack – it is nightmare inducing stuff.
The tale of Ross McCormack and Leeds United could quite easily be formatted as a fairytale. A story of the evil ogre Neil Warnock inheriting the land and laying waste to almost everything good and positive that sat before him. Including our friend, top scorer Ross McCormack.
There was once a time when McCormack ruled the roost at free-flowing Leeds United; a period of youthfulness and vigour, complimented by prestigious and energetic football, and what was, until recently, probably their most prosperous period in recent years under Simon Grayson.
McCormack and co. ambled their way through a torrid season under Neil Warnock, who looked set to drag the Whites into the miserable undergrowth from whence he came. Steve Morrison, the lump who still turns out for Millwall every week, someone Warnock once shockingly believed could become an Elland Road legend, commanded the starting position ahead of the plucky Scot.
Probably one of McCormack’s defining moments at the club came against Derby County, in what proved to be the finishing blow on Neil Warnock, the garlic to the vampire, the silver stake to werewolf and so on.
Following an hour of misery that left fans drowsy enough for it to be illegal for any of them to drive home, McCormack was introduced. And like a defibrillator shock to the heart, the Whites burst into action.
After Derby’s failure to clear their lines, the ball rolled to the feet of the Scot, who delivered a wondrous strike into the top corner of the goal.
Leeds lost the game, but Warnock left before the day was out, so really, they came out on top in the end.
McCormack scored 28 times in the following season before making the switch to Fulham in 2014.
Whether or not Warnock placed a curse on McCormack remains to be seen, but things started to go horribly wrong for the former Leeds man after his stint at Craven Cottage. Aston Villa came calling in 2016, but just five months later he was shipped out on loan to Nottingham Forest.
Anyone who knows something about football may realise what a desperately poor mistake this was.
Things got a whole lot worse for him soon after as well. Considered surplus to requirements at Villa Park, he was shipped out to Melbourne City and the A-League about ten years too early, then Central Coast and now, believe it or not, Motherwell.
Having scored zero goals in three appearances totally 43 minutes, we think it is fair to say McCormack is finished.
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