Aston Villa boss Dean Smith praises John McGinn

Dean Smith, manager of Aston Villa looks on prior to the Pre-Season Friendly match between Walsall and Aston Villa at Banks's Stadium on July 24, 2019 in Walsall, England.

John McGinn played well for Aston Villa against Bournemouth at the weekend.

John McGinn of Aston Villa is fouled by Nathan Ake of AFC Bournemouth during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and AFC Bournemouth  at Villa Park on August 17, 2019 in...

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has told the club’s official website that he is pleased with the performance of John McGinn against Bournemouth at the weekend.

Villa suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Bournemouth at Villa Park in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

The performance of the Villans left much to be desired, but manager Smith was pleased with what he saw of 24-year-old Scotland international midfielder McGinn.

Smith told Villa’s official website: “I thought John McGinn drove us forward. He played very well.”

Positive performances

McGinn has been very good for Villa in their opening two Premier League games of the season, and he has taken to the top flight of English football like a duck to water.

The 24-year-old midfielder went close twice with superb efforts against Bournemouth, and he scored against Tottenham Hotspur.

John McGinn of Aston Villa runs with the ball while pressured by Philip Billing of AFC Bouremouth during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and AFC Bournemouth  at Villa Park on...

For Villa to have a successful season in the Premier League in 2019-20, McGinn has to be very consistent and on top of his game.

During the 2018-19 campaign, the Scotsman made 42 starts and one substitute appearance in the Championship for Villa, scoring seven goals and providing nine assists in the process, according to WhoScored.

Dean Smith, manager of Aston Villa looks on prior to the Pre-Season Friendly match between Walsall and Aston Villa at Banks's Stadium on July 24, 2019 in Walsall, England.

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