Sky Sports pundit underlines potential McCormack impact at Aston Villa

Former Leeds United striker Ross McCormack

Ross McCormack joined Aston Villa from Fulham in the summer transfer window.

Leeds' Ross McCormackRoss McCormack at Fulham

Former Sheffield Wednesday defender Andy Hinchcliffe has told Sky Sports that Ross McCormack could make Aston Villa a top-six contender.

Villa signed McCormack from Championship rivals Fulham this week. According to Sky Sports, the Villans have paid £12 million upfront as transfer fee, which could rise to an eventual £14m.

The 29-year-old striker is a proven goalscorer in the Championship, and former Wednesday defender Hinchcliffe believes that he will be a success at Villa Park.

Fulham's Ross McCormack dejected at full timeRoss McCormack at Fulham

“It might be an obvious one given he could cost them £14m but, for me, signing McCormack changes the complexion of the whole league, let alone Aston Villa's season,” Hinchcliffe told Sky Sports.

“Everyone's been saying the feeling around Villa is flat and I understood that but they might now be challenging in the top six.

“The new man guarantees you 20 goals a season and with the likes of Rudy Gestede and Jordan Ayew, Villa have got different ways of playing.

“McCormack can play off a target man or with Ayew - two speedier, clever players. He gives them more balance and more of a threat going forward. He's a really important signing.”

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

McCormack scored 21 goals and created 96 chances in 44 Championship appearances for Fulham last season.

During the 2014-15 campaign, the former Rangers and Leeds United striker scored 17 goals and created 79 chances in 44 league games for the Cottagers.

Villa will feature in the Championship this season after getting relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 2015-16 campaign.

Roberto Di Matteo’s side will be aiming to finish in the top six of the division this season.

The Villans will kick off their 2016-17 Championship campaign with an away game against Wednesday on Sunday evening.

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

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