McGinn's stock has certainly been on the up since making the switch to Villa Park last summer. The 24-year-old scored six goals and provided 10 assists in a stellar campaign under Dean Smith, and he capped off the season in style with a goal that brought Villa back into the Premier League.
The Scotsman's emergence has raised almost everybody's eyebrows, yet his former manager at Hibernian claims he wasn't surprised at all.
"It’s no surprise. John has gone from strength to strength every time he has stepped up from club to club. His move from St Mirren to Hibs was what he needed and then in going from Hibs to Aston Villa he has really taken his game to another level and that’s all credit to him," Stubbs said.
McGinn was on Celtic's radar last summer when they were managed by Brendan Rodgers but Villa beat the competition to lure him into England. Stubbs claimed that McGinn was not the sort of player who would fit in Rodgers' system and the move to Villa was the right decision.
Stubbs continued: "John’s not really a pretty or elegant player. He’s a bit of a rough diamond, a throw-back, the sort of player that’s missing from the game. There are too many of those players who look the part rather than those who play the part."
McGinn is definitely on an upward curve and, if he can manage to continue his good work, he could well end up at a club like Manchester United. Villa, on the other hand, will be desperate to keep hold of him but, if their demands are met, they stand to make a huge profit this summer.
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