McCormack replacements! Potential four-man shortlist if Leeds star leaves

Ross McCormack scoring for Leeds United

We have a look at some of Leeds United's possible targets if Ross McCormack leaves Elland Road this summer.

Leeds United have been rocked today by the news that Norwich City could be set to launch an ambitious attempt to sign their star man Ross McCormack this summer.

Following relegation from the Premier League last season The Canaries are desperate to add to their faltering forward-line and are reportedly hoping to bring McCormack to the club to partner Lewis Grabban, who has already joined from Bournemouth, up-front next season.

Norwich have a history of taking Leeds’ star players – with Robert Snodgrass, Jonny Howson and Bradley Johnson just three examples of players to move from Elland Road to Carrow Road in recent times – and supporters of the Yorkshire club will be hoping that history doesn’t repeat itself.

McCormack scored 28 goals for the club last season, topping the Championship scoring charts, and was a major positive in a season that can be described as a failure.

If he does depart the club this summer it will leave a major void to fill, but in this article we look at four Football League players who could be capable of filling the current club-captain’s boots.

Callum Wilson – Coventry City

The Coventry City front-man was one of the stars of League One last season, scoring 21 times despite spending a chunk of the campaign out injured.

Wilson, like McCormack, scored the goals in a struggling side, too and without him the Sky Blues may have struggled to overcome the ten point deficit that was enforced upon them before the season started.

With pace to burn, Wilson isn’t a like-for-like replacement for McCormack, who is much more comfortable with his back-to-goal, but he does have a similar goal-threat and would be a good addition for Leeds.

Britt Assombalonga – Peterborough United

Another of the stars of the third tier last season, Assombalonga has established himself as one of the Football League’s hottest properties.

Posh have been associated with goals in recent times, but they were much more cautious with their approach last campaign. That still didn’t stop the Congolese front-man from bagging an impressive tally, though.

His pace and power made him a nightmare for defenders to mark and his total of 24 goals was the joint best in the division.

There is still a rawness to Assombalonga’s play and he is far from the finished article, but at the age of 21 he still has time to learn and would go some way to softening the blow of McCormack’s departure.

Scott Hogan – Rochdale

A striker who is closer to McCormack in terms of style than the aforementioned pair, who are more comfortable playing on the shoulder, Hogan is comfortable running from deep and linking with his teammates.

That doesn’t mean he doesn’t possess the attributes to get in behind defenders, but he is more of a complete centre-forward than either Wilson or Assombalonga are.

The Rochdale man had a whirlwind season last year, after making the step up from non-league during the summer.

He scored 17 goals over the campaign, a total only bettered by Scunthorpe’s Sam Winnall, and was a protagonist in the club’s promotion to League One.

It has meant that there has been plenty of interest in the lower-league hitman, but the lure of playing for a club as big as Leeds would surely be enough to persuade him to leave Spotland.

Sam Baldock – Bristol City

Baldock is a striker who is clearly playing in a league that is far below his qualities.

The Bristol City centre-forward blazed a trail in League One last season, even after making a slow start to the campaign, and ended up as the division’s joint top scorer.

An efficient finisher, Baldock is a player who thrives off playing on the shoulder of the last defender and using his electric pace to create chances.

Having played for West Ham United he would be the striker on the list most comfortable in his new environment, with the previous three all fairly inexperienced, and that could work in his favour as he would need to step up immediately to replace someone of McCormack’s quality.

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