During his four-year stint at Leeds United, Ross McCormack was a goal scoring machine after having proved his worth at his previous club Cardiff City with 30 goals in 88 appearances.
His 158 appearances for the whites yielded 58 goals in all competitions but it was his 28 championship goals in the 2013/14 season that saw him earn a big money move to Fulham at the end of the campaign.
Two successful seasons for the Scotsman followed and despite having signed a four-year contract with the Cottagers, McCormack’s pursuit of the Premier League got the better of him and a whopping £12 million deal took him to the recently relegated Aston Villa in the summer of 2016 with McCormack’s goals expected to fire the Villains back into the big time.
Things got off to a relatively good start as within three days of signing for Villa, McCormack was making his first start for the club in the season opener against Sheffield Wednesday.
Just twelve days after making the move from London to the Midlands, the Scotsman hit the back of the net for the first time in a Villa shirt in 1-1 draw with Huddersfield Town.
However, since then, things have turned sour for the Scot and his poor time keeping appear to be the root cause of the problem.
Much was made of Steve Bruce’s apparent dismay at McCormack’s pretty weak excuse that he missed training because of a faulty electronic gate.
Rumours did the rounds that Bruce turned up at McCormack’s house personally, but the pitiful excuse was the last straw and just six months later, the goal machine for Leeds and Fulham was shipped out on loan to Nottingham Forest.
Things were no smoother there and after just over a year of consistent let downs and failures, Bruce banished McCormack literally to the other side of the world to play for Melbourne City.
The fall from grace for the 31-year-old has been dramatic and if Bruce was expecting his loan spell down under to be a wake-up call he was wrong.
In November, The Scotsman was dropped by City Head Coach Warren Joyce for turning up ‘exceptionally late’ to training one morning.
However, one shining light has been McCormack’s return to goal scoring form. Seven goals in ten appearances for the A League side has been his return proving that his ability has never been in doubt.
McCormack is a frustration one does not need when facing a lengthy and brutal championship campaign, however, when he is on song, he could be the man to get you promoted.
Unlocking the enigma that is the Scotsman is frustrating as hell as he seems to be his own worst enemy.
Get it right, and McCormack is a bargain but get it wrong, and he becomes an anchor weighing you down.
Football is defined by fine margins and Ross McCormack has stepped over his line far too many times and now it appears his talent is going to go to waste.