Date: 12th July 2018 at 5:30pm
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Ross McCormack didn’t travel to Portugal for the club’s pre-season training camp, with Steve Bruce clearly not prepared to re-integrate the 31-year-old back into the first-team squad.

Despite the striker being on £40,000 a week, there seems to be no way back for the player, despite him still having two years left to run on his contract at Villa Park.

In a poll I conducted to see what we should do with McCormack, fans were split 50/50 on whether to keep or sell the goalscorer:

It’s a difficult one. With the departure of Grabban after his loan spell ended, and with Kodjia also linked with a move away from the club, we will need to find goals from somewhere.

Part of the solution will have to come from the youth setup with Keinan Davis and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy, but they are both young and raw. In that sense, I can see how reintegrating McCormack back into the first-team could be the best way forward.

However, McCormack’s wages are a huge problem. We can’t have players on the books who are draining the club financially. What do you think? Let me know in the comments.

 

4 Replies to “These Villa Supporters Are Divided On What To Do With £40k A Week Goalscorer”

    • which fool allowed them these wages(we can’t afford) in the first place? the likes of mccormack and richards should be priorities to get rid off. we don’t want the situation like we had with n’zogbia, where we’d paid well over the odds for and put them on stupid wages, which the rest were given parity with. i despair of the crass mismanagement we’ve seen from a supposedly savvy businessman, has been guilty of.

  • A saving of £2M wages per annum is one good reason to sell. On the flip side, he is unlikely to realise more than a £3-4M sale fee, if we can find a buyer. That would be a loss of £8M or so.

    If you are adamant McCormack will never play for Villa again, I suppose getting some small return on his sale is better than nothing. However, Bruce has only added to his diminishing value by ostracising him over the past year. He has done similar with Tshibole and Elphick, yet he pandered to Agbonlahor, who did nothing as soon as he secured his last big four year deal, which was reportedly way bigger than McCormack’s terms. Micah Richards is also seemingly tolerated in a non-performing role.

    There appears to be double standards at play here, but I suppose if you are the gaffer you have licence to favour certain players over others. As an outsider, the apparent waste of funds and resources seems scandalous. The manager cannot claim clean hands on that score with some very disappointing signings.

    Another worry lies with Bruce readily whetting his lips at the prospect of more wheeling and dealing (beg, steal or borrow in his terminology). Surely, we have reached the point where need to maximise savings and restrict spending to only ESSENTIAL cover. No more goalies, no more right backs, no more central midfielders, no more non-scoring strikers. Surely, there has to be a halt to all this craziness.

    Bet he goes and pickse up more duffers though…..

  • i think the strikers at the club play too similar a game, davies is a willing lad, but will never bang in a 20 goal season in any team.hogan(another stupid waste of needed cash.) or kodjia, will HAVE TO GO! out;, gardener, tshibola,richards,taylor won’t deliver, i’d be happier with andy carroll on a season loan.

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