McGinn: I want to be the real deal

By Graham Hill

JOHN McGinn says he is desperate to turn Aston Villa’s Premier League ambitions into reality

After collecting two player of the year prizes at the club’s awards night on Wednesday, he set his sight firmly on the play-offs.

Midfielder McGinn has been one of the major driving forces behind Villa’s late season promotion bid with his non-stop style of play.

And Scotland’s Daily Record reported McGinn as saying: “With so much stature and with the size of this, it’s a Premier League club.

“We’re in the play-offs now and it is up to us to try to make that happen for real.”
McGinn cost a bargain £2.8million when he moved to Villa from Hibernian last summer. But has already repaid that sum and more.

McGinn added: “Everyone’s just enjoying playing here. Everyone’s enjoying watching us and that only bodes well for the future.

“I think the style of play the manager has suits the players and it suits the supporters watching it as well – so long may that continue.

“You can see every time we’re coming into the ground that there is an eagerness about the group.

“Everyone’s anticipating the games and it’s been a long time since we felt that.”

McGinn insists Villa have done nothing yet though – and the hard work begins next week in the play-off semi finals.

He added: “It’s a really nice place to be in. ~But we know how quickly football can turn so it’s important not to get too high when things are good but also not get too low when things go against us.”

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