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McCormack: I had this teammate to thank for my Leeds United success

Fulham forward has credited Matt Smith with his success at Leeds United, should the Cottagers take note?

Fulham should look to take note from the player Ross McCormack credits with his success at Leeds United.

The Scotsman scored 29 goals in all competitions for Leeds last season, but is yet to reach half that tally for Fulham this campaign, despite an impressive hat-trick against Nottingham Forest one week ago.

He suggests some of the adjustment is due to the different approaches employed by the clubs, and praises former Leeds striker Matt Smith.

He told Get West London: "If you look at the league table Fulham and Leeds are similar, but with two different styles.

“Last season, I was up front with big Matty Smith and he was a great foil for me. He took the hits, and I just walked around.”

So wouldn't it be great if Smith was around for McCormack to play alongside right now? Unfortunately for McCormack, Smith was signed in the summer by Fulham, but barely got a look in.

He was sent out on loan to Bristol City, and has been impressing for the League One side, scoring for fun and attracting real praise for his battling display against Premier League side West Ham United in the FA Cup at the weekend.

While as McCormack points out, Smith being available would mean a different style, there is nothing wrong with having an alternative option, and the former Oldham forward has not had a fair chance in west London yet, since his disastrous debut on which he was sent off, with Felix Magath still in charge.

McCormack's comments also highlight to Leeds too that letting the striker leave so easily may have been an error. Leeds have not scored a single headed goal all season in the Championship, one of Smith's main strengths.

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