By Amir Mir
Ian Holloway believes Ross McCormack should be playing in the Premier League, as he backed the striker to help Aston Villa to victory against Derby County on Saturday evening.
In his latest Sky Sports column, the TV pundit backed McCormack to succeed with his new club after the Scotsman made a £12million switch from Championship rivals Fulham.
“Ross McCormack should have been bought by a Premier League club,” said Holloway. “I think he’s good enough to play at that level. He hasn’t been given the chance yet but it’s only a matter of time, and maybe he’ll help his new team back there.”
McCormack scored his first goal for the club on Tuesday, as Roberto Di Matteo’s side were held to a 1-1 draw at Villa Park against Huddersfield.
Former promotion-winning manager Holloway has predicted Di Matteo’s side will come away with a 2-1 victory at Pride Park on Saturday.
“Villa are starting to make inroads into changing their dressing room,” Holloway wrote in his Sky Sports column.
“They needed to let Robbie [Roberto Di Matteo] change the mindset of their group so they could get positive again and start believing they can win.”
After back-to-back defeats against Sheffield Wednesday and fourth-tier side Luton Town in the EFL Cup, Di Matteo picked up his first victory on Saturday against Rotherham.
Villa announced the signing of combative midfielder Mile Jedinak on Wednesday afternoon and Holloway, who worked with the 32-year-old during his time at Crystal Palace, backed the Australian to succeed at his new club.
“New signing Mile Jedinak runs the dressing room on his own,” said Holloway.
“He wants to win, he’s a fantastic leader and I’m much more optimistic about their chances now. I’ve worked with him myself and he knows how to get promoted. He’s a very, very good player and it’s a tremendous signing.”
Villa now have three new leaders in their squad, with Tommy Elphick, McCormack and Jedinak having worn the captain’s armband at their previous clubs.
In other Aston Villa team news, Xia is pictured welcoming the newest recruit to the club after terms were settled.