With the season drawing to a close, we are looking at the contenders who could win Aston Villa’s Player of the Year award for the 2018/19 campaign.

Last time out, we analysed Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham, who has scored 22 goals for the club this season. The next contender is his fellow summer signing, John McGinn:

When McGinn first walked through the doors in the summer, not many Villa supporters knew who he was and what he could bring to the table.

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The 24-year-old midfielder signed from Scottish Premiership side Hibernian [BBC Sport] after helping the club earn promotion from Scotland’s second tier and then maintaining their status in the Premiership under then-manager Neil Lennon.

Simply put, since his arrival, McGinn has been a breath of fresh air! Within weeks of taking to field for the first time, he was already a firm fan favourite.

From his non-stop work rate, ability to protect the ball, drive from midfield, shoot from distance and produce a pin-point delivery from a set-piece situation. McGinn is always having an impact.

In his 34 league games for Villa this season, McGinn has scored five goals from the middle of the park and supplied his teammates with 10 assists [transfermarkt].

Since returning from suspension last month, he has scored three goals and supplied two assists in four matches. Further proving his worth during such a crucial stage of the season.

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