Steve Bruce should avoid loaning out Ross McCormack again

Aston Villa striker Ross McCormack could be a big loss for the Claret and Blue Army, especially as they have picked up just nine points from their opening six fixtures of the 2018/19 Championship season.

What’s the story?

Scottish international Ross McCormack, who spent the first half of last season on loan at Melbourne City, has been linked with a move to fellow A-League side Central Coast Mariners, according to The Daily Mail.

The 32-year-old, who joined the ranks at Villa Park in August 2016 on a four-year deal, is yet to make an appearance under Villa head coach Steve Bruce this season, and looks set to spend another season on loan in Australia.

McCormack netted 13 goals in 15 appearances in all competitions during his spell at Melbourne City, and had a somewhat exceptional scoring record in the Championship at the likes of Cardiff City, Fulham and Leeds United, but has failed to make an impact with the Claret and Blue Army.

What would the consequences be?

Whilst Aston Villa have found the net on 11 occasions this season, allowing a prolific Championship goalscorer to leave your club could be potentially devastating.

Currently sat in 12th place, Steve Bruce will need to see a rapid improvement in results if his side are to improve on last season’s disappointing play-off final defeat at the hands of Fulham.

McCormack has scored over 100 goals in the second tier of English football throughout his career, and allowing a forward of that calibre to spend another spell on loan away from Villa Park has got to raise some eyebrows.

Whilst there is no doubt that the Scotsman has failed to fulfil his full potential for Aston Villa, another loan move could spell the end for McCormack at Aston Villa, something that the Villans fans and manager may later regret.

If McCormack continues his goalscoring form, and returns to full fitness, the Claret and Blue Army will undoubtedly receive a number of offers for the forward in the January transfer window. But, Steve Bruce should not only be looking to hold onto Ross McCormack, but perhaps even starting him.

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