Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn has explained how his game has improved since making the switch from Hibs.
McGinn joined Villa last year and is now a mainstay in their midfield. He’s scored three times in 12 Premier League appearances.
Speaking to the Daily Record (page 70, 17/11/19), he’s explained what is behind his increase in quality.
He said: “If you thought I could play further forward a few years ago, I’d have laughed. I probably got sucked into the idea in Scotland that I was just a rat and a runner. But Dean has given me the confidence to get involved higher up the park and I’m enjoying it.
“When I played for Hibs, it was probably the most erratic I’ve ever been. But at Villa, you’re not allowed to do that. You have a certain role in the team. At Hibs, there were times when I tried to do a lot of things myself. I wasn’t as well drilled or coached as I am now. I’ve learned more about the game down here.
“I pick my times not to go and chase opponents. I used to do it too much. Now, I just listen to the coaches. The manager has been brilliant for me. He’s told me to trust in myself and show a bit of character. I feel I’ve added that to my game now. It’s hard to get a balance because I don’t want to lose what I’m known for, the energy and bustle.”
McGinn has added attacking element to his game at Villa Park
During his spell with Hibs, McGinn scored 17 goals in 136 appearances. Already in his Aston Villa career, he has ten in 58.
It’s just one of many indicators as to how much McGinn has grown following his departure from Easter Road. In a more advanced role, McGinn’s been able to express his creative side.
Steve Clarke has taken advantage of that at international level. He too is reaping the rewards of this, with McGinn netting four times in his last two Scotland appearances,
It’s undeniable that McGinn has added different elements to his game since arriving at Villa Park, which has benefitted his club and country.