Date: 26th January 2018 at 1:08pm
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Following on from the article we published earlier in the week, Would You Give Ross McCormack Another Chance? , GMVillan has tried to look more closely at the Ross McCormack question. He says in our forum thread… that it is clear the striker was a bad buy for Villa.

Let’s just look at it from a purely footballing standpoint and ignore the discipline issues for a minute…

If you look at his goal-scoring record then it stacks up statistically. However, when you remove free-kicks and penalties it’s decidedly average. Given that we have Snodgrass and Hourihane that take a good free-kick I can’t see him getting many chances from dead ball situations.

Position wise he’s what we might call a ‘tweener.’ He doesn’t have the vision or the guile of a true ‘number 10’ and neither the size and/or pace of a number 9. He’s not going to get in-behind/off the shoulder with pace, and he certainly won’t be holding off defenders and bringing others into the game with his back-to-goal.

In a 4-3-3 he’d be useless in a wide position (and would probably sulk) and beyond useless as a centre-forward.

In a 4-4-2 (or 4-4-1-1 if you prefer) he MIGHT do a job playing behind the main striker, but would he be a better option than Grealish, (or Onomah, Hourihane, Lansbury)? And would he work back and chase down opponents (something that Mr Grealish has been doing very well recently and hey presto his performances have improved)

In a 4-2-3-1 see above.

In a 3-5-2, maybe as the second striker, but let’s face it, 3-5-2 hasn’t worked for us since Sir Brian used it to extend the career of God. And would any manager change their system that drastically for Ross McCormack?

I think the most damning indictment of him overall as a footballer is that he hasn’t been able to get a sniff of a squad place for a poor Scotland team.

In my opinion he was a bad buy for the club. It’s almost like we looked at the previous season’s scoring charts and said ‘we’ll have him’ with no thought to whether he is a truly productive player in a proper team.

So, there you have it, my very non-biased football analysis of Ross McCormack!

Still time to vote in our poll, would you give Ross another chance? The poll is on the right hand side of the page as well as the twitterdoodah one:


11 Replies to “Why Ross McCormack Was A Bad Buy For Aston Villa”

  • Good points but a shame you did the analysis now and not after some other club spent £4m or whatever to buy him off us!

  • Can’t be a coincidence that no one in the top division ever seemed to have considered him. Was he at Leeds at the same time as Snodgrass.? Would he know anything SB doesn’t?

  • At the end of the day, he’s a Villa player and in a position where we are not well covered. Unless we can make a decent loan signing to provide cover/competition (and January is not a good time for that) I think the club would be cutting off its nose to s

  • well he played exceptionally well for fulham alongside the lad that went to celtic and was fed by the excellent tom cairney,,,
    if you play a player who is limited but excellent within certain styles of play and make him play a game that does not suit him

  • Point remains, IF hogan gets injured and IF we can’t get a proven scorer on loan, we are really risking promotion without back up. Davis’s time hopefully will come, he’s had a good run in the team and not been able to score though. Do we just waste the

  • I agree with austinmaxi, i think Ross has issues with the way Bruce expects him to play, which has probably caused him to throw his dummy out. Think both of them need to put this behind them and move on. Maybe Agnew is the answer.

  • Spot on GM , To me he’s another Snodgrass . Good at championship level but Snoddy has the right attitude and he knows how to unlock doors or should I say gates !

  • I normally just read the comments from you guys but feel that the way that Bruce has failed to use these players correctly, thus these players getting stick is sometimes unfair.
    I don’t rate Bruce, his style of football is boring, I also reckon the guy i

  • Dont’ be a stranger Liononthebed, really appreciate input on the site, your opinions are very welcome. Have to say I’ve not heard anything of him being a bullying sort (and I do have good ears around the place) I know a few of the previous ones were for

  • Ross sounded a nightmare (!!) at Fulham. Ahem! Off wiki: On 21 January 2015, McCormack scored a hat-trick in the first 32 minutes of a 3–2 win over Forest at Craven Cottage.[63] At the start of April, he scored in four consecutive games,[64] and on the

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