Twitter is great. It gives football fans the chance to interact with their on-pitch heroes to the extent of which we have never known before. However, to everything there is a pitfall and Fulham FC soon realised that on Monday evening.
What at first seemed like a good idea to engage their fans with a star striker, soon turned into a PR nightmare thanks to fans of a rival football club. The west London club invited fans to tweet in at #AskRoss but it soon turned embarrassing for themselves and the man at the centre of the action, Ross McCormack.
That’s right, Leeds United fans – arguably the team with the biggest following in the division – were highly unlikely to pass up a simple opportunity to stick it to a player who deserted them. They certainly didn’t disappoint either, there were some brilliant responses.
For those of you who haven’t followed the fortunes of the Whites into their lower-league abyss, McCormack was the man who was always among the goals at Elland Road. However, in the summer transfer window, the Scottish hitman moved to the newly relegated Cottagers in a record deal.
The £11 million that Fulham shelled-out on McCormack is a record fee paid by a Championship team and their decision was met with disbelief. More established Premier League players wouldn’t even fetch that fee.
Unsurprisingly, as a result, Leeds fans have viewed the move as a source amusement – especially so considering that McCormack and his new club find themselves in a relegation battle; a battle which Leeds have managed to jump clear of in recent weeks.
Obviously, the recent elevation of Neil Redfearn’s side has left fans with a good mood, and they certainly portrayed that in their Tweets on #AskRoss.
Here is a selection of some of the best. You can view them all by clicking here.
Perhaps the comments coming from fans of the Yorkshire club have a hint of jealousy? Because, although they fetched a huge, ridiculous, fee for McCormack – the money has hardly been reinvested in the right places.
The 28-year-old scored 28 times last season before his move. This season, Leeds’ top scorers are tied on just eight goals; one is the out-of-favour Mirco Antenucci, the other is midfielder Alex Mowatt. No doubt any transfer efforts this season will have to be focused on a player who can contribute like McCormack did.