Dean Smith has claimed that John McGinn’s first-half performance against Burnley on Saturday was as ‘high’ as he has seen it.

Aston Villa recorded a 2-2 draw against Sean Dyche’s men – with McGinn netting Villa’s second goal, and also having a goal ruled out in the first-half because of VAR.

The home team would have been disappointed with their defensive performance, but McGinn ran that midfield and Dyche’s decision to change his formation at half-time and match Villa up is perhaps proof of that.

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Ahead of Villa’s away clash at Norwich City at the weekend, Smith raved about McGinn’s recent displays and claimed that he could have had more goals to his name this season.

“He feels he could probably have six or seven goals already, such has been the standard of his play,” Smith told Sky Sports.

“We knew what a player we have got, he signed a new contract at the start of the season, and he has been playing very well.

“We knew his adaptation to the Premier League would be seamless and it has been. He’s just showing us the potential we believed he had in him anyway.  His first-half performance last week [in the 2-2 draw with Burnley] was as high as I’ve seen it.”

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McGinn has three goals to his name this season and Villa will be hoping that the Scotsman can add more goals to his locker.

Villa haven’t won a game since their home win against Everton, but at the weekend, they face a Norwich team that was promoted alongside the Midlands outfit, and a team that is just sitting one point above them in the table.

Once again, eyes will be on what type of team Smith picks because against Burnley, Jack Grealish played on the flanks, but could he return alongside McGinn in the middle of the park on Saturday?

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