He didn’t know who he was initially, but Jack Grealish has nothing but good things to say about Aston Villa teammate and Scotland international John McGinn now.
The pair have operated in Dean Smith’s engine room for the past couple of seasons at Villa Park. They have been key components as the club have risen back to the Premier League.
Grealish was unaware of McGinn prior to his Villa Park arrival, but now he is full of praise for the Scotsman.
He told the Daily Record: “I certainly didn’t know anything about Ginny (McGinn) before he came down here. I didn’t know how good he was going to become or how good he was when he first walked in the door at Villa.
“When he first signed, I’d just had a move to Tottenham fall through. Steve Bruce said to me, ‘things are going to take off here – we’ve got John McGinn coming in. No disrespect – but I’d never heard of John McGinn! I was thinking, ‘he’s coming down from Scotland for about £2m.’
“But from the day he walked through the door he blew me away with his attitude and ability. He has been a breath of fresh air for the whole team.”
McGinn has left an impression on Aston Villa teammates like Grealish
McGinn’s certainly putting himself in a positive light down south. After a strong term last season, McGinn has continued his form in the Premier League, scoring three times in 12 games from midfield.
He’s also made himself an almost undroppable member of Steve Clarke’s Scotland midfield. He has four goals in his last two games and is constantly driving the midfield forward with drive and aggression.
His talents were well known at Hibs but they have increased tenfold since moving to Birmingham. Both club and country are reaping the rewards of this.
Grealish also seems to appreciate the qualities Scotland’s 20-cap midfielder brings to the table.