Kenny Burns: This Nottingham Forest star needs to buck his ideas up
By Danny Wright
Kenny Burns has launched a scathing criticism of Nottingham Forest’s on-loan striker Ross McCormack.
However the Forest legend believes that there is a lot more to come from the 30-year-old who joined the club in January on a temporary deal from Championship rivals Aston Villa.
McCormack scored on his Forest debut in the 5-1 loss to Norwich in February but has struggled to find the net, or even a place in the starting line-up during the last five matches.
The latest criticism of the Scottish striker arose after an abysmal performance in the 1-0 loss to East Midlands rivals Burton Albion on Saturday which has dragged Forest into further trouble at the wrong end of the table.
Gary Brazil, who is in interim charge of the club until the end of the season, has failed to move the Reds away from the bottom three during his time as boss and they currently sit in 19th place just two points clear of the drop zone.
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“I looked at Ross McCormack in particular and I think he needs to buck his ideas up. Getting rid of Nicklas Bendtner last week was the best bit of business Forest have done this season,” said Burns in his column on the Nottingham Post website.
“He never looked up for it, but so far I’ve not felt McCormack looks up for it either. He’s only here on loan until the summer and you sometimes see players come in and not approach their best form in those circumstances.
“That’s what I’ve seen so far. He’s a better player than he showed at Burton.”
McCormack left Villa after failing to turn up to training and a subsequent fall out with manager Steve Bruce.
He joined the West Midlands club in August 2016 for a fee of £12million from Fulham.
The striker only managed three goals as he dropped in and out of the Villa match day squad this season.
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