Ross McCormack for £5m - Reasonable or overpriced?

Ross McCormack preparing to take a penalty for Leeds United

West Ham are reportedly prepared to meet the £5 million price tag Leeds United have placed on top goalscorer Ross McCormack.

According to reports from the Daily Mail, West Ham United are poised to table a £5 million bid for Leeds United captain Ross McCormack.

The Scotland international has been in sensational form this season, netting an impressive 17 goal in 26 games, and three assists.

It was always likely that the form of the former Cardiff City striker was going to attract attention and when West Ham reportedly had an initial £3.5m bid turned down, it seemed unlikely that it would be their last.

Yet it can be argued the £5 million price tag on McCormack may seem very excessive for a striker with a very inconsistent goalscoring record, even in the Championship.

Last season McCormack only netted five times in 32 Championship matches, the season before that he netted an impressive 18 in 45 matches and in his first season at Leeds just two in 21 matches.

He is however currently at the top of the scoring charts in the Championship and with his competitors like Jordan Rhodes being linked with mega money moves, is it unfair on Leeds to ask for the same?

McCormack has contributed to 49% of the goals scored by Leeds United this season, and not only that, he is by far their most creative player too.

He has created 57 goalscoring opportunities for his teammates this season, but has only been credited with three assists. It shows an incredibly poor conversion rate by his counterparts, which could of course leave him frustrated. 

In summary, perhaps Ross McCormack in the eyes of most supporters wouldn't be worth £5 million. However, to Leeds United in his current form, there is no question he is the driving force in their promotion push and should be valued as such.

If West Ham are prepared to pay the money, then Leeds are well entitled to ask for it.

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