COMMENT By Will Butcher

Leeds would gain promotion if they make a sensational move to bring Aston Villa’s out-of-favour striker Ross McCormack back to Elland Road.

The Daily Mirror claimed that McCormack is currently fighting for his Villa Park future just four months after the Midlands giants stumped up £12million to sign him from Fulham.

The versatile 30-year-old has made 10 starts for Steve Bruce’s side all season but has failed to feature for almost a month as the new manager transforms his side’s fortunes.

Garry Monk should be eyeing the teamsheet at Elland Road closely.

Leeds are in need of a player who can orchestrate their attack in the number 10 role, as Monk continues to use a 4-2-3-1 system.

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Currently in that position is one-time Spain international Pablo Hernandez, but the on-loan star is injured after picking up a hamstring problem against Norwich earlier this month.

With Hernandez still looking to recover from the muscle problem, Monk has had to choose from loanee Matt Grimes, Alex Mowatt or Kemar Roofe.

Grimes and Mowatt have made just seven starts between them this season, while Roofe is yet to score in 22 league and cup appearances and is preferred out wide.

Scotland international McCormack would be an outstanding signing for the Yorkshire giants, as his vision, skill and eye for goal would provide Leeds with an attacking edge that they are currently lacking.

That edge could be the difference between Leeds gaining a promotion place and settling for an eighth consecutive season in the Championship.

McCormack spent four years in Yorkshire before leaving to join Fulham, wearing the captain’s armband on numerous occasions as he scored 58 goals in 158 league and cup encounters.

In other Leeds transfer news, Alan Smith has claimed a number of clubs are looking at this Leeds star.