• Ross McCormack set to make return from loan at Nottingham Forest • Leeds scored 20 more goals last season under Marco Silvestri
Ross McCormack is set to make his Leeds United return against Aston Villa at Elland Road on Monday.
The 30-year-old has spent most of the campaign on loan at Nottingham Forest, scoring nine goals in 24 appearances. But the Championship leader, Marco Silvestri, has come in for criticism over the side’s commitment to playing attractive football and is expected to return to the dugout for the trip to Villa Park.
McCormack will be named as an unused substitute after being included in manager Marcelo Bielsa’s 26-man squad that will vie for a starting spot. “I can’t have a shadow in my thinking,” the Argentinian said. “If I decide on a player to start or not, he must stay in my thought. If I forget him, he doesn’t have any option of coming to me.
“It’s easy to have young players, it’s difficult to have experience players, there are no choices. All players must work with the humility that the coach gives to them and want to give a lot to achieve the maximum possible. The coach thinks about it. That’s the only way, through your habits and your behaviours, to improve your efficiency.”
McCormack is a proven goalscorer for Leeds, having scored 101 goals in 160 appearances for the club and had been considered their preferred choice at No9 this season.
They scored more goals last season under Silvestri – 20 more than the current number – after his arrival from Milan.