One to Watch - Ross McCormack
Name: Ross McCormack
Date of Birth: 18/8/1986
Former Clubs: Rangers, Doncaster Rovers, Motherwell, Cardiff
League Appearances (Goals): 254 (70)
International Appearances (Goals): 8 (2)
Stat of the Day: Ross McCormack has scored seven goals in his last eleven League Cup appearances
Player Profile: A wealth of players have attempted, and superbly failed, in crossing the Scottish border and plying their trade in the English leagues. Whilst the likes of Kris Boyd, Stephen McManus and Kevin Thomson forgot the Scottish League is about as noteworthy as the Huddersfield and District Works Combination Football League, a few, Ross McCormack in particular, have managed to fashion a reputation that has seen them become an integral part of the English Championship. Whilst not too good for this division, the Scot is arguably one of the better players in the league and it is not too hard to see why McCormack has been the subject of another irritating football transfer saga this summer. Fortunately for Leeds, they now appear unencumbered by financial considerations and look to have fended off approaches from Blackpool and more notably Middlesbrough and their recurring desire to cultivate their Scottish contingent.
Despite a slow start to his Leeds career, McCormack has become the leading light at Elland Road and under new manager McDermott has already nearly surpassed his goals tally for the whole of last year. Leeds have lacked a creative spark in recent years and the frontman seems to have been the one to drive them forward, occupying a number of positions across the frontline. He finished second, only behind Blackpool`s Tom Ince, in the Championship`s assists charts last season, and the former Cardiff`s 'busy and enthusiastic` approach has seen him become a firm fans` favourite at Elland Road. McCormack has reiterated his desire to stay at Leeds for the foreseeable future and with McDermott`s new look side showing all the right signs early on, the striker could be the one to drive Leeds forward in their return to the Premier League.
Ross McCormack was born in Glasgow and started his career at Rangers, joining the club in 2002. He made his first appearance for his side in 2004 at the age of just 17 and went on to score his first goal for the club in the final match of the 2003/2004 season against Dunfermline Athletic. He scored in the Champions League against Porto in 2005 in a 1-1 draw but ultimately failed to make his mark at Ibrox and was sent out on loan to League One side Doncaster Rovers in 2006 to gain first team experience.
He scored five times for Doncaster in 19 league appearances, the pick of them coming against Hartlepool United which kept Doncaster`s play-off hopes alive. He returned to Rangers but was told he didn`t feature in new manager Paul Le Guen`s plans and was released. He joined Motherwell in 2007 but a series of injuries hampered the start of his Fir Park career. He returned to fitness the following season and managed to score 10 times in 48 appearances for the club.
In June 2008 he joined Championship side Cardiff on a free transfer and went on to score four goals in his first five appearances for his new side. He finished with 23 goals in all competitions in his first season with The Bluebirds and was the subject of rejected bids from Hull City and Portsmouth at the beginning of the 2009/2010 campaign. He spent the following two seasons at the Cardiff City Stadium finishing with 25 league goals in 74 appearances, but the arrivals of Craig Bellamy and Andy Keogh with Michael Chopra and Jay Bothroyd already ahead of the striker, saw him fall further down the pecking order.
In August 2010 McCormack completed a move to Leeds United on a three-year-contract for an undisclosed fee. His first season at Elland Road was a frustrating one as he only started six games and had to wait for his first goal in April in a 1-0 win over Burnley. The following season saw McCormack finish at the club`s top goalscorer with 19 goals but last season proved to be another frustrating campaign for the Scottish International, as he managed just five goals under the guidance of Neil Warnock. He already has 28 league goals in 102 appearances for Leeds and will be hoping to add to that tally for the remainder of this season.
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