Leeds United striker tormented by Championship goal target

Elland Road

Whites striker Ross McCormack has spoken of his anguish at thus far failing to hit the 30-goal mark for Leeds United in the Championship this season.

When Leeds United face Derby County at Elland Road this Saturday there won’t be much on the line for either side, with the Whites well out of the playoff picture and the Rams third-place finish already secured.

But one man who will be treating the game as his own personal FA Cup final is Championship goal machine and club captain Ross McCormack.

The 27-year-old is enjoying arguably the best season of his career to date, with 29 goals in all competitions for Leeds United in what has otherwise been a season to forget for the Whites.

However, with just one game to go, the Scot is beginning to feel the pressure after previously setting himself a target of hitting 30 goals for the Peacocks.

Earlier in the campaign that tally looked a near-certainty, but a return of just one goal in his last seven has left the player worried he may not hit the magic mark in what could yet be his final campaign at the club.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Post, the Scotland international expressed his frustrations at his recent semi-drought, which has come just as the club appears to be putting some form together with three wins from their last four.

“I won’t be happy if I don’t get there, especially because I’ve missed a few penalties,” he told the news provider.

“It’s been playing on my mind a bit and I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t. It’s been done very rarely here.”

The forward has garnered praise from all corners this term and was recently named in the PFA’s Championship team of the year.

But with Leeds United still some way off challenging for promotion, the forward may view reaching the 30-goal mark as a fitting to call time on his spell with the club, ahead of a summer break in which the striker is likely to be highly sought after.

Back in January McCormack moved to pledge his future to the club following rumours of bids from West Ham United and Cardiff City.

"I'm club captain and I look forward to continue playing at the club under Brian McDermott for the rest of the season,” he said at the time.

While the statement outlined his intentions for the current campaign, question marks remain over his future beyond that, but for now, the striker is keen to sign off with a flourish.

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