By Graham Hill
VILLA boss Dean Smith reckons John McGinn is keen to make up for lost time in the run-in to the end of the season.
The Scottish midfielder was suspended for two games and then had to start on the bench against Birmingham after impressive displays from Villa against Stoke and Derby.
But soon as he was introduced as a second half sub at St Andrew’s he made a difference.
And McGinn built on that performance with two goals in the victory at Nottingham Forest.
All of which has made Smith a happy man as it shows there is more to this Villa squad than just the return to action of Jack Grealish.
Smith said: “I’m guessing that John would’ve been smarting at not starting the game against Birmingham.
“But he certainly helped changed the game when he came on and on Wednesday he showed the levels he’s got and the level he’s got to stay at.”
Smith also knows that Villa’s midfield is potentially the most dangerous in the division.
The Villa boss added: “It is, and I’ve got Conor Hourihane and Glenn Whelan fighting for a place. And Tom Carroll is on their heels.
“We’ve got a lot of really good midfielders back to form and fitness and pushing each other, which is what you need.”