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Graeme Souness has claimed that ‘big clubs’ will be looking at Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn, as he told Sky Sports (11/09/21 at 8:20 pm).

The TV pundit made it clear that Aston Villa are a ‘big club’ themselves, but he was mightily impressed by the performance McGinn produced against Chelsea yesterday.

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Villa suffered a harsh 3-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge, with Romelu Lukaku punishing a wasteful Dean Smith side that should have scored two goals during the opening exchanges of the game.

But one man that was at his aggressive best was McGinn, who has also been thriving in Scotland colours for a number of years now.

And his fellow countryman, Souness, made it clear that he ‘doesn’t want to upset anyone’, but he suggested if he can maintain such performances then Villa might find it difficult to keep hold of him.

“He’s 25, so the next five years are going to be his best years,” said Souness. “He was talking about not being at his best last year, but there was a reason for that. He was coming back from an injury.

“I am a big fan of his. For me, in midfield, I wouldn’t have liked to have played against him because he is all-action, he is extremely mobile and he is aggressive.

“I seem to be a Villa fan today but he shouldn’t have got booked today. He got the ball – McGinn is a really good player and will only get better. If that’s going to be his level for the next months, Villa fans will go off me for saying this, then big clubs will be looking after him.

“Villa are a big club, I don’t want to upset anyone.”

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McGinn has been Villa’s best player during these first four games of the new season and a new lease of life has been brought out of the hard-hitting player.

With the departure of his best friend, Jack Grealish this summer, it opened the door for other players to step up to the plate in his absence.

And, so far, McGinn has done just that with his all-action style and street-like quality causing problems for many opposition players.

It was McGinn’s aggressive nature in the first half that forced Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel to haul off new signing Saul Niguez during the break.

If the Scotsman can produce more of the same then Villa are in good hands in the middle of the park this season.

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