It’s safe to say that Ross McCormack didn’t have a great 2016/17 campaign.
After getting called out by his manager, struggling with fitness, injury and personal issues and being sidelined after surgery to remove over five cysts from his mouth - you wouldn’t have been wrong to think his career might be on a downward spiral.
However, it appears that Ross has made a big move to save his career at Aston Villa by attempting to patch things up with Steve Bruce after his £12 million move from Fulham. Villa certainly can’t sell McCormack, who has seen his stock drop like Enron over the course of a terrible season, so it would seem that they are going to try and get their money’s worth out of him. McCormack will be reporting for pre-season training with Villa after Keith Wyness - Villa’s CEO - told the media of a very positive meeting between the two.
Will Ross be the striker Villa bought? Who knows - but he’s certainly a good depth option. With FFP set to strangle Villa in the coming seasons, this club needs to be smart about its personnel - and that includes a judgement of whether Ross McCormack is fit for purpose.