Former Leeds United hero Ross McCormack celebrates his 36th birthday today.
The Scottish forward spent four seasons at Leeds United, playing 157 games, scoring 58 times and claiming a further 31 assists.
Without him, Leeds would have been in a lot of trouble over the years spent in the Championship. He was a shining light of the era, but left the club in an £11m move to Fulham in 2014.
Fellow Scotsman and Leeds United favourite Robert Snodgrass had this to say after the club paid tribute to his former teammate on Twitter.
From one Leeds hero to another – two fan favourites from the Ken Bates era at the club.
It’s hard to argue he didn’t have everything. He carried Leeds on his back at times.
Leeds United quiz: Did Ross McCormack score a goal against these 15 sides during his time at Elland Road?
Many would agree with the assessment of the former Leeds United man. He gave Leeds fans something to cling to during a dark time after the departures of Max Gradel, Luciano Becchio, Jonny Howson, and Snodgrass himself in the previous years, before eventually McCormack himself left the club.
His goals and assists record speaks for itself, including the 2013-14 season where he picked up a massive 29 goals and 10 assists for Leeds on their way to finishing 15th. Without him the club could have been in a lot of trouble that season.
He could create something out of nothing, whether that be for himself or his teammates, and his spark and guile in the final third was why he became a favourite for so many. The finishing, the movement, set pieces, the ability to beat a player – he was a modern day complete striker.
Leeds need a forward this summer window, and if they get someone even remotely as good as McCormack then they’ll be in capable hands this season.