Why John McGinn's first Premier League term with Aston Villa should be his last
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Aston Villa stunned the Championship last term, powering their way to the most unlikeliest of promotions. The Midlands outfit wasn't about to rest on their laurels, either. Dean Smith and John Terry would go big in the transfer market, spending in excess of £100million in an effort to remain a Premier League team come next summer.
Wesley was signed and tasked with goals, Tyrone Mings was added to prevent them up the other end, while Douglas Luiz and Matt Target are nice, complementary pieces. As expected, the attention firmly remained on homegrown Jack Grealish. There were question marks as to whether the Englishman would remain at Villa Park. In the end, he would and recently, the 24-year-old is beginning to find his feet. However, since the Premier League's opening day there has remained one constant; John McGinn.
The spectacular Scot would start as he means to go on with a well-taken goal against Tottenham Hotspur. The 25-year-old has netted twice more since, while consistently putting in 7/10 performances whomever the opposition. A move to Manchester United was mooted during the summer, though without any real strength. After his exemplary introduction to Premier League football, I'd suspect those links, and not just to Old Trafford, will continue to grow.
For the boyhood Celtic fan, a move to Parkhead would now be somewhat beneath him. I get that he'd love to play for his beloved Hoops one day, but quite frankly, McGinn should be setting his aspirations higher as he approaches the peak of his powers. Unfortunately, at this stage, remaining at Villa isn't the answer either...
McGinn's immediate brilliance has been a real pleasant surprise. To perform at such an elite level from the get-go isn't an easy thing to do - and the Scotland international does pretty much everything well.
He's an accomplished passer, a clinical finisher and good with both feet. McGinn will get into a physical one-on-one battle with anyone despite being relatively small in stature - which I guess is that Scottish feistiness in him coming out. The 25-year-old will run on beyond his forward, while being more than willing to track back and get stuck in when needed. In this day and age, it doesn't really get better.
In terms of fit, I can make a case that McGinn could seamlessly slot into any Premier League midfield. Liverpool could certainly do worse, while United and Tottenham Hotspur would improve immensely should they splash the cash on Villa's most underrated commodity. Looking further afield, although he's not the marquee name nor a stereotypical move, cases can be made that some of Europe's best should get themselves in amongst it. I feel McGinn will stick with what he knows, though, after all, I doubt you can get haggis or deep-fried Mars bars in the Spanish capital...
Jokes aside, I guess what I'm trying to say is that McGinn could get into any squad within the sport. In the end, Sir Alex Ferguson's influence could prove the telling factor and a move to Old Trafford does seem the most likely. Jurgen Klopp may have something to say about it, while don't rule out his beloved Celtic - though you already know my thoughts on that one right now...