Leeds United and Fulham lead in EFL icon envy over Aston Villa.
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Leeds United and Fulham lead in EFL icon envy over Aston Villa.

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Ross McCormack is a modern-day EFL cult hero who scored a lot of goals and made Leeds United and Fulham fans happy, but one team in particular will not remember the Scotsman fondly.

In 2016, Aston Villa, who had recently been relegated from the Premier League, purchased the striker from Fulham for £12 million, and to suggest Villa did not receive their money’s worth is an understatement.

The former Rangers player was a catastrophe on and off the pitch at Villa Park, and while Leeds and Fulham will remember McCormack fondly, Aston Villa fans will not.

It was the epitome of the wrong player at the wrong club, and Villa fans couldn’t believe he was the same man who had scored goals for fun at other Championship clubs.

Ross McCormack’s time at Aston Villa was an absolute disaster

McCormack, who had recently been relegated from the Premier League and had plenty of Championship experience, was expected to strike the ground running after signing a three-year contract with Villa, but that was not the case.

The striker appeared in 18 games across all competitions in the first half of the 2016/17 season, scoring only three times, a poor return given his EFL pedigree.

However, things were probably much worse off the field for the Scotsman, when he missed training owing to an alleged faulty electric gate at home, prompting Steve Bruce to criticize him in the press for his terrible attitude.

He was then loaned to Nottingham Forest for the remainder of the season, but he too struggled at the City Ground, scoring only once.

McCormack made just two more appearances for Aston Villa, both in the early rounds of the 2017/18 League Cup, before being loaned to Melbourne City and Central Coast Mariners in Australia, as well as a spell with Motherwell in Scotland, before being released in 2019.

He left the club after making 24 appearances and scoring three goals. Villa paid a £12 million transfer fee, which meant they paid £500,000 for every appearance and £4 million for each goal – an absolute nightmare of a deal.

Aston Villa would have looked at Leeds United and Fulham with envy

Villa would not have believed their luck with the version of McCormack they had, given his success with Leeds and Fulham.

McCormack spent four years with Leeds from 2010 to 2014, scoring 58 goals in 157 games while also earning 31 assists, bringing his total to 89 goal involvements – a remarkable return.

His move to Fulham in 2014 resulted in a transfer price of £11 million, which was a large quantity of money ten years ago for a Championship striker and a large sum of money for Leeds to utilize and reinvest as they saw fit.

He was also a prolific player at Craven Cottage, scoring 42 goals and assisting 22 others in just 100 games. These are outstanding statistics, and you can see why Villa paid £12 million for him.

Both Fulham and Leeds saw McCormack at his finest on the pitch, and he also made a lot of money for both teams when he left.

Villa saw nothing like the striker’s best, and he also squandered a lot of the club’s money. Following McCormack’s successful periods at Leeds and Fulham, Aston Villa could be forgiven for envying them.

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