Tony Gale outlines where Ross McCormack must improve for Fulham

Ross McCormack preparing to take a penalty for Leeds United

Ross McCormack has failed to hit the heights expected of him at Fulham since moving from Leeds United.

McCormack ended the last campaign as Championship top scorer, with 28 goals in 43 games arguably being the reason Leeds remained in the division.

His form in Yorkshire saw recently relegated Fulham splash out a supposed £11 million fee on the 28-year-old forward, but he has failed to reach his previous heights this term. Four goals in 19 games is a solid, if not impressive tally for a striker, but he has been used as more of a creative outlet out wide for the Cottagers, and has seven assists to his name.

Regardless of his position, many expected the Scottish international to be more of a goal threat in a side storming to promotion, but, with the West Londoners floundering towards the low end of the table, McCormack’s form has suffered.

If he intends to kick-start his goalscoring form this term, there is no better time for the forward than this weekend, when Fulham travel to Elland Road on Saturday. He is likely to lead the line against the side with whom he became something of a hero, and Fulham legend Tony Gale wants to see McCormack channeling his former self when he takes to the pitch in Yorkshire.

Quoted by the official Fulham website, Gale - who turned out for the Cottagers over a seven year period - said: “I’d like to be seeing Ross score more goals for Fulham to have the same kind of return that he was getting at Leeds.”

According to Gale, the key to McCormack hitting the same goal tally is for the forward to use his Championship experience and become a leader in the Fulham ranks.

“We need a little bit of leadership from him because he has been there before and done it,” he added.

“I think he’ll be fine going back, I think he’ll be up for it, no problem there. Hopefully he’ll show Leeds what they’re missing.”

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