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A-League form should encourage Sunderland into Ross McCormack deal

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A-League form should encourage Sunderland into Ross McCormack deal

The Scotland striker is out of favour at Aston Villa and Sunderland are said to be keen.

Sunderland are said to be keen on the loan signing of Ross McCormack this summer. The Aston Villa man cost the Villans £12 million when signed from Fulham in the summer of 2016. However, his time at Villa Park has been highly unsuccessful. He has scored just three times for the club since and barely played after falling out with manager Steve Bruce.

It has been quite a fall from grace for a player who was one of the Championship’s most lethal marksmen in the three years preceding.

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Even a spell at Nottingham Forest in winter 2016-17 was unsuccessful. The Scot managed just one goal in seven games in a deal that effectively ended early in March..

So why would Sunderland bring him in?

Clearly, it seems, his best days are behind him. That may be true, but his performances in Australia recently suggest he still has what it takes to score at a certain level.


“We hope he [McCormack] looks back on his time in Melbourne and thoroughly enjoyed it. He was a hit with the fans and players so I think it worked for both parties. It’s just disappointing and frustrating we couldn’t come to an agreement and prolong it until the end of the season.”

 – Melbourne City boss Warren Joyce speaking after McCormack’s loan spell


McCormack joined Melbourne City on loan in September 2017. He managed to score an impressive 14 goals in 17 games for the side in his six months down under.

The A-League is a level below the Championship, but perhaps on par with the majority of teams in League One. If McCormack can find goals in Australia, then at the third-tier he could be equally as deadly.

As long as everything is in order off the pitch, the Scot would be a great addition to Sunderland’s slim attacking options.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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