McGinn: Villa’s potential is huge

By Graham Hill

JOHN McGinn says Villa’s owners are doing all they can to bring success back to the club after the Scot signed a new five year deal.

Villa went into transfer deadline day with an announcement to give fans yet another boost ahead of the new Premier League season.

After signing 12 players this summer, Villa arguably completed their best deal of the window by tying midfielder McGinn down to a fresh contract.

It brings to an end a brief flurry of speculation that Manchester United were preparing to move for the Scotland player – and means Villa can now fend off any interested teams by sticking a huge transfer fee on McGinn’s head

Twelve months ago to the day, McGinn signed for Villa from Hibernian in a deal worth just £2.7million.

It was a move that had ‘bargain buy’ written all over it as McGinn showed his quality and teamed up with Jack Grealish in the middle of the park to guide Villa to promotion.

Now McGinn says the club’s owners Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris only want to see Villa progress from now on.

McGinn told Sky Sports: “The potential is massive. I noticed that when I signed here and my eyes are opening to everything. I think I still have to pinch myself coming to Bodymoor Heath. There’s construction work going on every day.

“The owners are putting in place – with the signings – everything this club needs to be successful and it’s up to us, as players, to go and do that.

“We need to be realistic to know the jump is huge but, at the same time, need to represent this club with pride and do it justice.”

But even McGinn has found it tough to keep up with all of the new arrivals since winning promotion.

He added: “It’s been strange. Obviously, it was needed because there were a lot of changes in the summer.

“You can see the ambition of the club, they want to go in a certain direction. All of the signings have fitted in well. A lot of them struggle to understand me! But they’ve shown a lot of promise and in pre-season we did really well.

“It’s up to us now to try and gel us as quickly as possible and make a good start at Spurs on Saturday.

McGinn told Villa’s official website: “If you told me last season that, a year later, I’d be signing a new contract with the club I’d have laughed at you. Now, I’m a Premier League player with Aston Villa and, hopefully, for the next five years.

“It’s been a surreal year to be honest. I’ve loved every minute of it but, in March time, it looked like I was playing in the Championship again with Villa. But we went on an amazing run and I was delighted to be apart of that.

“It was a special day in May and obviously there’s been a few changes, a few signings and I’m glad today that I’m another one of them.”

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