Leeds United may be about to end a 16-year spell outside of the top-flight.
The Whites may not have played Premier League football since 2004, but that doesn’t mean that they haven’t had some top-class players pass through Elland Road during that time.
The likes of Chris Wood, Robert Snodgrass, Fabian Delph and Lewis Cook have gone on to establish themselves as Premier League players, but one of the most talented players Leeds fans have had the privilege of watching over the past decade never managed to get a shot at the top-flight.
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Indeed, Ross McCormack lit up Elland Road during his four years as a Leeds player, and not only was he one of United’s best players of the 2010s, he’s also one of their best signings ever.
Looking back, signing a man who’d scored 21 Championship goals two seasons before for just £350k looked like an absolute bargain, but nobody could have predicted just how well this signing would turn out.
McCormack didn’t taste any success at Elland Road after arriving in 2010, they failed to finish in the top six during any of his seasons at the club, and a cup run was just a pipe dream during that period, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t see a lot of individual brilliance from the Scot.
Not only did he win the Championship Golden Boot award during the 2013/14 season, he was actually the only player to ever receive a 10/10 rating in the Yorkshire Evening Post during Phil Hay’s tenure as the chief football writer.
58 goals in 157 games is a fantastic return for a striker who cost just £350k, working out at just £6k a goal, and if that didn’t represent great value for money, Leeds also made a very healthy profit on the Scot.
Indeed, Fulham paid £11m for him in 2014, and while he had a couple of good seasons at Craven Cottage, it seems as though Leeds cashed in at the right time. He was essentially finished at this level by 2016 as he played just 24 times and scored three goals for Aston Villa after moving to the Midlands club for £12m.
All in all, McCormack has to be considered one of Leeds’ best ever purchases, he was a shining light during quite a drab period for the Whites, and he provided incredible value for money.
In other news, Leeds’ striker woes won’t be fixed by this man.