Ross McCormack to Aston Villa. Where do we even start? The shockingly poor performances? The disastrously bad statistics? The woeful attitude?
Indeed, it is genuinely mind-boggling how an admittedly decent enough player prior to his Villa career turned into a useless waste of space and money, and even to this day, the whole thing just confuses us.
“He [McCormack] is a player whose goal scoring record has been excellent everywhere he has been, and we feel he can be an important addition,” said manager Roberto di Matteo when he signed the 29-year-old from Championship rivals Fulham for £12million in 2016.
Blimey, could he have been any more wrong? Whatever happened between Craven Cottage and Villa Park must have been pretty wild because when he rocked up in claret and blue he was a completely different player.
Once an accomplished forward for the Cottagers – netting an impressive 42 times over a period of two seasons – the only thing McCormack looked like he knew how to score was a battered sausage and chips. His work rate was shockingly bad, owed to his poor fitness and attitude, and that meant he very, very rarely found himself in dangerous enough situations to find the back of the net. Hence the miserable three goals in 20 league appearances he scored.
At the time Villa said the deal equalled the second-highest fee the club had paid in their history – matching the amount invested to secure Middlesbrough man Steward Downing back in 2009, and by golly, we bet they are regretting that now.
The worst part is that the torment isn’t even over. Villa still own the player, given just about no one is willing to part with their cash to sign him permanently, and have shipped him out on loan four times already since 2017 – including A-League sides Melbourne City and Central Coast Motherwell and most recently Motherwell. And he’s still got one year left on his contract.
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