Bringing an end to any remaining doubt surrounding the future of Ross McCormack, Leeds United today announced a new four year contract for the club’s leading goalscorer.
The news, as is fast becoming the norm these days, was prefaced by a smiley face from Salem Patel’s Twitter account – a two-character tweet that sends the crazy world of social media into absolute meltdown as Leeds United fans speculate on the good news which invariably follows. Much like being dealt pocket aces at Bwin Poker, fans try to keep cool while bracing themselves for celebration.
The time between Salem’s trademark smiley face tweet and an official announcement on the club’s website may be agonising for some fans, but it tends to lighten the mood of most. It’s a welcome distraction from the banality of transfer window tweets from teenagers pretending to be football agents, sharing the gossip they’ve received from their “reliable sources” (ie. made up).
McCormack signing a new contract is not-so-good news for Middlesbrough however whose fans have spent the last few weeks expecting him to sign for them, despite the striker making clear that he wanted to stay at Elland Road.
All in all, It’s been a good month for McCormack; his four goals in six appearances to date have helped Leeds United to an undefeated start, far exceeding the expectations of most fans. McCormack’s impressive form has also seen him recalled to the Scotland squad by Whites legend, Gordon Strachan.
Neil Warnock still can’t figure Ross McCormack out though, explaining to TalkSport this morning that the striker is something of an enigma, neglecting to mention the fact he was played out-of-position during our former manager’s tenure and simply didn’t suit the 1980′s hoofball philosophy Warnock favours.
Nevertheless, there are some truths to Warnock’s comments. McCormack’s goalscoring form has been inconsistent during his four years at the club, but when he’s played in a position that best suits his ability, Ross has proven himself capable of scoring 20~ goals per season at Cardiff City and Leeds United.