'That’s the brutal reality of it' - Bruce makes Aston Villa transfer revelation
By Abigail Withey
Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce has revealed that the reason behind Ross McCormack’s transfer to Melbourne City is because no English clubs made a genuine attempt to sign the forward during the summer window.
The 31-year-old joined Villa from Fulham last year but was sent on a loan spell with Nottingham Forest from January to May.
The centre-forward found it difficult to nail down a spot in the Villa first-team and hasn’t featured in a single Championship game this season.
McCormack’s boss has since revealed that a move to Australia could be the perfect opportunity for him to improve his condition.
“Nobody came in for him. Sunderland played at it, played at it and played at it but it didn’t come through,” Bruce revealed, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail.
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“Unfortunately that’s where we were left. I was a bit shocked by it but that’s the brutal reality of it. Nobody came for him, unless I missed them!
“I wish him the best of luck no matter what people think and all the rest of it.
“He needs to go and play somewhere and get himself in the right condition. It could be the perfect fit for him.”
Bruce slammed McCormack earlier in the year, before his loan move to Forest in January, following Villa’s 2-2 draw and called the forward out after he failed to make it to training because the gates at his house were stuck.
After returning to Villa Park, McCormack has only featured in his side’s League Cup fixtures against Wigan and the recent 3-0 defeat to Middlesbrough.
Bruce has a host of other centre-forwards which were named ahead of McCormack which includes Jonathan Kodjia, Scott Hogan, Keinan Davis and injured goal scorer Gabby Agbonlahor.
In other Aston Villa news, owner Tony Xia has hailed a Villa star after the club’s victory over Nottingham Forest.