News today that Newcastle United are interested in a striker we were supposed to have fancied a couple of years ago – Ross McCormack – who is now at Fulham.
The London club only just avoided relegation from the Championship last season, but Ross still scored 21 goals in 45 appearances for them and in the two seasons he’s been at Fulham, he has scored 42 goals with 22 assists in just 100 appearances.
Quite a record.
Ross McCormack – Fulham striker
He was at Leeds United for four years before moving to London and the other two related PL clubs – Aston Villa and Norwich – are also said to be interested in the striker, who has 12 caps for Scotland.
So Ross seems as close as you can get to a guaranteed goalscorer – at least in the Championship – and he cost Fulham a whopping £11M when he signed for them in the summer of 2014 from Leeds United – and news that he has a release clause of £12M in his contract.
It will all depend on whether Rafa Benitez thinks Ross is a good investment for Newcastle, but he would likely get a pile of goals on Tyneside if he signed for us.
And if we are interested in him, he would likely be drawn to Newcastle because of Rafa Benitez being the manager in charge of most things at the club.
Ross is 29 year-old and turns 30 in August but that will no longer be an artificial barrier to Newcastle signing the player.
It will now depend on how good he is and what kind of job he can do for Newcastle in an area we must improve from last season, when we scored only 44 goals in 38 league games – and five of those were in the very last game.
Rafa Benitez is now in control of all transfers into and out of the club – and he will be the man who will make the decision on McCormack for the Magpies.
We need to get an experienced natural goalscorer into the ranks for next season.