Cash flow problems.
A play-off final defeat to Fulham at Wembley.
Another year of Championship football.
It all looked pretty bleak for Aston Villa 12 months ago before Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens invested their millions into the Midlands-based football club, but now, things are starting to look a bit rosier.
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The Villans have just been promoted back to the Premier League after a three-year absence thanks to a 2-1 win over Derby in the play-off final, and they are looking much better financially after winning the tie which was worth a reported £170m.
However, not everything is perfect.
Amongst all the droplets of champagne and photographs with the trophy, one man has had a massive result for himself personally despite doing very little to help earn promotion – Ross McCormack.
The Scottish international hasn’t featured for Villa since a 1-0 loss to Wolves in 2017 – almost 29 months ago – but had been ‘earning’ £40,000-a-week whilst out on a number of loans away from the club.
Following Villa’s return to the Premier League, a clause was triggered in the 32-year-old’s contract that will see his wages rise to a whopping £70,000-a-week; no one at Villa Park is less deserving of such a pay rise than the former Leeds man.
McCormack was already in the supporters’ bad books due to a lack of effort and poor attitude following his £12m arrival from Fulham. He continuously missed training sessions, and even once blamed his front gate being broken for his no-show.
He has only even managed to score three goals in 24 appearances for the club, which is simply not good enough for a player who was once one of the Championship’s best.
Worst of all, McCormack still has a year left on his contract at Villa Park, and it is unlikely that any other club will go near him now his wage has increased to £70,000-a-week – a figure that will see him earn more than some established Premier League stars, including Luka Milivojevic, Callum Wilson and Lukasz Fabianski.
Since he arrived at the club on August 4th 2016, McCormack has earned a ridiculous £5,880,000 in wages; combine that with his £12m transfer fee and he has cost Villa £17,880,000 in total.
That’s a rate of £5,960,000 per goal, netting just thrice for the Birmingham club. Truly unbelievable.
Of course, McCormack has been out on loan with Nottingham Forest, Melbourne City, Central Coast Mariners – where he played up front with Usain Bolt – and Motherwell, but the exact details of the wage split between those clubs and Villa are unavailable.
Despite that, the point still stands: McCormack has cost Villa a hell of a lot of money, and he looks set to bleed them dry for at least a year longer.