Given the impact he has had, John McGinn has been one of Aston Villa’s best signings in not just in recent years, but in recent decades.
Micah Richards has shared how he was left ‘wowed’ by John McGinn when he first arrived for Aston Villa training last season.
Even though he didn’t play, centre-back Richards was still at and training with Villa last term when they signed McGinn from Scottish Premiership side Hibernian.
The young Scotsman came as an unknown figure to many, but it didn’t take him long for him to become a fan favourite and then end up scoring the decisive goal which helped Villa earn promotion in May.
Speaking to Football Focus on BBC One (07/12/19 at 12:45 pm), Richards stated that McGinn just doesn’t realise how good he is because he’s too ‘humble’.
“You watch Scottish football, mainly Celtic and Rangers and a little bit of Aberdeen,” Richards told Football Focus. “When he came, he only arrived for like £3 million. So, we were like ‘who’s this?’.
“Then when we see him train we were like ‘wow’. Straight [from the off]. He didn’t take time to bed in. The first training session, we knew how good he was.
“I don’t think he knows how good he is because he plays a lot of it down. A very humble person. But for me, easily worth £30 or £40 million. He’s got a humble approach. He’s very hard-working and he likes to have a laugh and a joke. He can fit in anywhere. No ego and just wants to do better.”
Given the little money Villa paid for McGinn’s services, the impact he has had during his 15 or so months at the club and where he has helped take the club, he is arguably one of Villa’s greatest ever signings.
Whilst Steve Bruce left Villa Park on a sour note, he must be applauded for bringing him to the club because it’s one of the best things that he did.
What has stuck out, in particular, is McGinn’s link up on the pitch and friendship off the pitch with Jack Grealish.