David Moyes pays tribute to Aston Villa 'revelation' John McGinn

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John McGinn scored Aston Villa's first Premier League goal since promotion during Saturday's 3-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.

John McGinn of Aston Villa celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on August...

David Moyes has piled praise on Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn, telling talkSPORT that the Scotland international has been a ‘revelation’ in English football.

Moyes is not wrong.

Villa’s decision to pay just £2.75 million to sign the much-admired McGinn from Hibernian last summer has certainly been repaid with considerable interest. A tireless and tenacious midfielder who doesn’t lack technical ability either, the spirited Scot shone as Villa sealed their return to the Premier League and even fired home the winner in the play-off final against Derby County.

 

On Saturday, McGinn became the first Villa player since Jordan Ayew in April 2016 to find the net in England’s top flight, opening the scoring in a 3-1 defeat to Tottenham with a burst and finish that a peak-era Steven Gerrard would have been happy with.

Understandably, Moyes is thrilled to see his young compatriot doing Scotland proud south of the border.

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"There's a few boys starting to come through. The biggest thing is that John McGinn has come down and been a revelation,” the former Everton and Manchester United boss told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (13 August, 9.30am), while also paying tribute to Ryan Fraser, Matt Ritchie and Scott McTominay.

According to the Sun, Manchester United were quoted a staggering £50 million after expressing an interest in the former St Mirren enforcer in June.

Fans might have rolled their eyes at the time, highlighting McGinn’s price-tag as another sign of the market spinning wildly out of control. But if he can build on that typically vigorous performance in North London, no one will be questioning McGinn’s quality this time next year.

Lucas Moura of Tottenham Hotspur is challenged by John McGinn of Aston Villa during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on...

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