Ross McCormack's Aston Villa debut pitches him against very familiar face

Ross McCormack celebrates after scoring the first goal for Fulham

Ross McCormack faces his former Leeds teammate Tom Lees when he makes his Aston Villa debut against Sheffield Wednesday.

Ross McCormack celebrates after scoring the first goal for FulhamRoss McCormack celebrates after scoring the first goal for Fulham

Aston Villa striker Ross McCormack is likely to make his debut this weekend away to Sheffield Wednesday and he will come up against a very familiar face.

McCormack will be up against his former Leeds United teammate Tom Lees, who has become one of the Owls' key players since leaving Elland Road.

Tom Lees of Sheffield WednesdayTom Lees of Sheffield Wednesday

Both players left in the summer of 2014 in very different circumstances, McCormack sold for £12 million while Lees was sold for less than a million - despite The Mirror now reporting Wednesday value him at £10 million.

That is the result of two outstanding seasons at Hillsborough, where Lees has really kicked on in his development, and shown why he is a former England under-21 international.

Sheffield Wednesday are promotion contenders in their own right, and are hoping to bounce back from a play-off final defeat by getting the season off to a strong start by seeing off Villa at Hillsborough on Sunday.

 Recent record vs Wednesday PositionTeamGoalsAppearancesMins Played
Ross McCormack FW Fulham 1 4 360

In McCormack's last four matches against Wednesday's Lees, for Fulham, he has scored only once in 360 minutes of football, with his ex-teammate largely coming out on top.

He will be determined to improve on this record at the weekend, but it shows Wednesday should not suddenly be panicking about having to face Villa's new frontman - as they have a good record against him over the past two campaigns.

Fulham's Ross McCormack dejected at full timeFulham's Ross McCormack dejected at full time

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