Despite arriving at Fulham as the most prolific Championship goalscorer last season, Cottagers boss Kit Symons has told Get West London that it is not a goalscoring position that suits Ross McCormack best.
The £11 million signing scored 28 goals in 43 games last season for Leeds, and it was this form that led to Fulham securing his services as a way to claim an immediate return to the Premier League. However, he struggled upon his immediate arrival, and was part of the squad that endured an incredibly poor start to the Championship season.
The 28-year-old has improved since his poor start, but he still only has five goals in 24 league games, although he has impressed in one area - creativity.
McCormack has registered an impressive seven assists, making him the joint-third highest provider of goals in the division, and, although he started the season as a striker, he has become something of a number 10 in recent weeks. He has also provided a service on either wing, but it is just behind the striker that Kit Symons believes to be the Scot’s best position.
“Ross is more than capable playing behind two strikers,” Symons told Get West London.
“He can play out wide, he’s very versatile. When he plays that role we don’t want him to come too deep. If he can get the ball in between their midfield and back four that’s when he’s most dangerous, and when he comes back from high into that pocket of space.”
Since moving to the deeper role his goalscoring has become even further reduced, and his 120th-minute penalty in the 3-3 FA Cup draw with Wolves was his first strike since mid-December. However, McCormack has shown his uses regardless of where he plays, and Symons is pleased with his adaptability.
He added: “When we changed our shape to a flatter four, he went and played wide and showed what a talented footballer he is.”