Not much good came out of Aston Villa’s summer as they suffered play-off final heartache and nearly entered administration under their previous owners. But John McGinn was that one shining bright light.
The 24-year-old midfielder, who was a Steve Bruce signing, made the switch from Scottish Premiership side Hibernian [BBC Sport], with little expectations on his shoulders when he first arrived.
But that unknown quality from Scotland has proven to be a hidden gem that has been one of Villa’s best signings in recent years.
If truth be told, not much good has come out of B6 in these last few seasons, but since McGinn’s arrival, he has firmly become a fan favourite and a player any team would be delighted to have.
The Scotland international has this great ability to protect the ball in the middle of the park, make driving runs and ensure the opposition is not allowed to settle on the ball. Not forgetting the sweet left foot he possesses.
He showed his striking ability when he netted a brace for Villa during their 3-1 win at Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night – one of his goals included a pinging 25-yard shot.
On top of McGinn’s qualities, he has also built a great partnership with playmaker Jack Grealish in the middle of the park. A partnership that could potentially help Dean Smith in his promotion bid.
If Villa don’t get promoted to the Premier League this season then there is no doubt that Smith and the Villa supporters will be hoping they can keep hold of their energetic midfielder from potential suitors in the summer.
Simply put, if Smith still has Grealish and McGinn in a Claret & Blue shirt next term then it increases their chances of promotion by a long, long way.