In Focus: Elphick and McCormack would be a terrific coup for Leeds

According to the Birmingham Mail, Leeds United are plotting a £7million swoop for Aston Villa duo Tommy Elphick and Ross McCormack.

Elphick has experienced great difficulty in establishing himself as a regular at Villa, and he only featured in the absence of club captain, John Terry. On the other hand, Ross McCormack is currently on loan at Melbourne City in the A-League.

What’s the story?

Leeds United are allegedly keen on signing Tommy Elphick and Ross McCormack from Aston Villa, both of whom are seemingly unrequired at Villa. Indeed, there is considerable competition for spaces in the Villains defence and considering the expertise and the knowledge that John Terry and Chris Samba provide, it’s surprising to see Elphick on the periphery. Thus, Leeds are looking to exploit his availability.

Ross McCormack has also experienced a difficult time as an Aston Villa player, he only scored three goals in 22 games for the club last season, having scored an impressive total of 42 goals in 100 games for Fulham. He is currently enjoying a productive spell on loan at Melbourne, where he has amassed a terrific tally of 14 goals.

What will they bring?

Elphick will provide Leeds with an abundance of experience having amassed 350 appearances throughout the entirety of his professional career, many of which were attained while playing in the Championship. The Englishman will provide the Peacocks with physicality and know-how of winning the division.

Ross McCormack is a familiar face to Leeds United supporters, having played 158 games for the Whites, scoring an impressive 58 goals.

The Scotsman is highly regarded for his ruthless finishing and proficiency from long distance, especially with his terrific ability from set-pieces. If Leeds United’s attempts to sign the pair are successful, then they will provide Thomas Christiansen’s squad with a higher degree of experience and class.