Report: The three things McCormack must do if he is to play for Aston Villa again
By Harry Sykes
Ross McCormack must do three things to win Steve Bruce over and get his Aston Villa career back on track, according to a report.
The Birmingham Mail claim the warring duo have not been in contact since McCormack joined Nottingham Forest on loan in the January transfer window.
It is said that “if he can prove his fitness, muster up an apology and hit the ground running in pre-season”, McCormack will be handed a lifeline by Bruce at Villa.
The 30-year-old’s future threatens to be one of the main talking points at Villa this summer, following his public row with the manager.
Bruce was left livid in January after McCormack failed to turn up to training because the electric gates of his mansion were faulty.
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The promotion expert publicly shamed the Scotland international for his lax attitude and time keeping, demoted him to the reserves and then sanctioned an end-of-January loan switch to Forest.
Villa chief executive Keith Wyness has recently admitted that there may be a route back for McCormack at Villa, but stressed that the final decision would lie with Bruce.
McCormack signed from Fulham for a then Championship record £12 million last summer, before that fee was quickly eclipsed by the £15million capture of Jonathan Kodjia from Bristol City.
Kodjia has been a big hit, scoring 19 league goals from 37 matches, and there is growing speculation that he could be the subject of a big-money summer move.
This could force Villa chiefs to go back to McCormack, who has made little impact since joining Villa, scoring just three goals in 20 Championship matches, a far cry from the prolific form he consistently displayed for former clubs Fulham and Leeds.
McCormack has fared little better at Forest, scoring just a single goal and providing a single assist in seven appearances to date for the second-tier strugglers. He has not been named in the matchday squad for the last three matches.
At Craven Cottage last season, the versatile front man chipped in with 23 goals from 49 appearances, including 21 strikes and 10 assists from 45 league matches.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, talks are to get underway as a proven Premier League performer wants to join the Midlands club.