New Football FanCast writer thewoodis looks at one of the brightest talents in the Championship, Cardiffs Ross McCormack
The signing so far in a much exhilarating Championship season must be Cardiff City's Ross McCormack. Having initially arrived from Motherwell on a free transfer, the clubs soon agreed £120,000 in a compensation fee, McCormack has banged 10 league goals in 14 appearances so far this term.
The 22 year old has been out doing players of calibre of Reading's Kevin Doyle, Wolverhampton's Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, and Sheffield United's James Beattie as he is leading the way for the much-anticipated contest of top goal scorer.
After the recent 2-0 win over Blackpool, Cardiff surpass Reading into third spot and have set the bar as early season promotion contenders. McCormack has been essential in Cardiff's form, as the team have lost only one game this season, a 2-1 defeat to fellow promotion candidates Birmingham City. Having scored vital winners in the games against Nottingham Forest, Coventry City, and Charlton Athletic, he has enabled Cardiff to pick up some good wins as they try to better their FA Cup final appearance last year and clinch promotion.
The Scotland Cap was touted to join Premiership side Wigan Athletic in January, and was linked with a move to Middlesbrough this summer. When there was no one who made firm contact, Dave Jones pounced and soon started raking in the benefits. On his arrival, McCormack stated that one of the main reasons why he join the Bluebirds was the presence of his boyhood idol Robbie Fowler, only for the ex-Liverpool cult hero to leave for a desperate last crack in the Premiership with Blackburn Rovers.
This had been seen as a problem but recently McCormack has been the spearhead of an exciting partnership with Jay Bothroyd as they have scored a combined 13 goals in 14 league appearances. The Scotsman began his career at Glasgow Rangers, only playing 11 games and scoring two in a three-year spell before he joined Motherwell after a brief spell on loan at Doncaster Rovers. He famously scored an equalising goal for Rangers in the game against FC Porto in the 2005-06 Champions League season but was not seen as a regular.
He was not the most prolific north of the border, as scoring only 12 goals in 44 appearances for Motherwell in the two years seems a relatively poor investment. He has had no problem with adapting to the Championship needs.
Carrying on this form, he will soon be targeted by a host of Premiership clubs or often as it appears a move back to Rangers.