Ex-Leeds United striker Ross McCormack is now a free agent.
Aston Villa’s promotion means Dean Smith will be looking to sign a host of players – but also offloading a whole host of bit-part players ahead of their Premier League return.
The likes of Glenn Whelan, Mile Jedinak, Micah Richards and Albert Adomah have already been released, and Villa broke news on Monday that Ross McCormack has gone too.
McCormack joined Villa from Fulham in 2016 for a huge £12million fee (BBC), but he’s been released a year before his deal ends after a dismal spell at Villa Park.
The 32-year-old had smashed 42 goals in 100 games for Fulham, so the deal made some sense, but he ended up scoring only three goals in 24 games for Villa – or £4million per goal, or even £500,000 per appearance.
After struggling to gain full fitness on loan at Motherwell, McCormack now finds himself as a free agent, and it’s no surprise that Leeds fans have been discussing the Scot’s availability.
The forward was a Leeds hero with 58 goals in 158 games before heading to Fulham in 2014, and some fans have suggested that Leeds should take a punt on him and get him back to his best, especially on a free and having hit 14 goals in 17 games for Melbourne City.
However, many others believe McCormack should be avoided completely, believing he wouldn’t even make it past two weeks of a pre-season under Marcelo Bielsa.
Others believe he’s too old or simply not good enough, and whilst it was always hugely unlikely that Leeds would bring him back to Elland Road, the fans have had their say – and the general consensus is that he shouldn’t be brought back.
Before anyone says it no Leeds shouldn’t sign Ross McCormack, he’s a money grabber and would want too much at Leeds.. Let him go to an easy league like Scotland where he will score lots of goals and then some deluded person will think he’s good enough.. #lufc #mot— Ryan (@LeedsUtdRyan) June 3, 2019
Bring back Ross McCormack #lufc— Alan G (@AlanGreenwood22) June 3, 2019
He wouldn’t last beyond 2 weeks of a pre season with MB— Alan Groves (@Kiwi_Whites) June 4, 2019
Resign McCormack on a free? #LUFC— Simon Richardson (@SiRichardson10) June 4, 2019
Hed play for leeds for 5k a week now but think hes a bit too old for us now— Micky Padge (@mickipadgett) June 3, 2019