After Signing Ross McCormack last season from Fulham for a hefty fee of £12.16 million, it was extremely frustrating and disappointing when he wasn’t firing in the goals that we needed. Although the Scottish international did pop up with a few goals here and there, McCormack didn’t prove to the villa faithful that he was worthy of wearing the claret and blue.
After the whole front gate situation and not turning up to training regularly, it didn’t come as a surprise when McCormack was loaned out in January to neighbours Nottingham Forest. It is very clear that it didn’t work out for Ross this season, but does he deserve a second chance in the push for promotion next season?
Next season is arguably one of our most important in recent years, as we fight for a place back in the Premier League, and with Steve Bruce being told that he has to sell before he buys, then Ross could be near the top of the list of players we should sell, considering his large price tag.
The January signing of Brentford’s number 9 Scott Hogan may have been Bruce’s way of telling McCormack that his short time as an Aston Villa player is up, but I am personally of the belief that we should hold on to Ross for at least one more season. No, it didn’t go to plan last season, but we simply can not forget that Ross is a proven goalscorer in this league, he was the 2nd top scorer in the 2015/16 season with 21 goals, and top scorer in the 2013/14 season with an impressive 28 goals. If Ross can get a good pre-season under his belt, and get himself in a good shape for the start of the season, then hopefully he can do what we brought him for and score 20+ goals in the next campaign.
Despite his poor half season, I was impressed with McCormacks hold up play in the opposition’s half, something that we have lacked since the days of Christian Benteke. Whilst Jonathan Kodjia is a player that can go on a solo run and create a goal out of nothing, although two of McCormacks three goals for Villa this season was very much a case of right place, right time, which perfectly contrasts Kodjia’s play style and could create a formidable strike force for next season.
To sum up, I believe that Ross McCormack should be given a second chance at Aston Villa next season, as I think he could be an important piece of the puzzle to get us back in the Premier League.