Aston Villa Ace’s Price-Tag Has ‘Shot Up’ Amid Manchester United Interest: Good Call By Smith?
In a recent interview (via Goal.com), Aston Villa boss Dean Smith shed some light on the recent speculation linking John McGinn with a move to Manchester United and said, “The big clubs can come calling but they’ll get a short, swift reply! He’s a player we want here at Aston Villa.
“His value shot up from the moment he stepped out onto the Villa Park pitch and showed just what a player he is.
“He has an unbelievable energy level and a big, big heart, but people don’t see the technical side of it as well – he’s got that in abundance.”
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It is understood that the Villans have put a £50m valuation on the Scottish midfielder’s head to fend off interest from the Red Devils and any other potential suitors (via Goal.com). His current contract at the West Midlands club runs out in the summer of 2024. McGinn has played some of his best football at Villa Park and has gradually proven his worth under Dean Smith’s tutelage since arriving from Hibernian last summer.
The Glaswegian talent has become a fan favourite at the West Midlands club, so it is quite reasonable for Smith to raise his price-tag as he has become an irreplaceable member of the Villa squad. McGinn has featured in nine matches for the Villans this term, scoring three goals while grabbing one assist on all fronts. The St. Mirren youth product has also earned 19 international caps for the Scottish national team and has netted four goals for his country thus far.
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McGinn is currently playing at his prime and loves the freedom of operating as a box to box midfielder. He tends to make some driving runs in the opposition half, which opens up spaces for the likes of Jack Grealish to exploit. The Scotland international always gives his 100% for his team and has also proven that he can contribute by scoring a few goals at the highest level.
The 25-year-old will play a vital role in determining whether the Villans will avoid relegation to the EFL Championship this season. The newly-promoted side has so far been a joy to watch in the Premier League. Smith has instilled a ‘never say die’ attitude in his squad. It was once again on full display yesterday when they came from behind to beat Brighton and Hove Albion by a 2-1 scoreline.
Increasing McGinn’s Price-Tag To £50m: Did Smith Make The Correct Call?
If McGinn can find a way to continue with his recent run of form, then it is inevitable that a big offer might come in for him in the coming years. However, for now, Dean Smith has played his cards right by increasing his price-tag to warn off interest from elsewhere.
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