Having spent substantial amounts of money on signing players such as Lucas Digne, Danny Ings, Emi Buendia and Ollie Watkins among others, it turns out that one of the earliest and cheapest transfer deals they made has been one of their most successful.
Since then, the 27-year-old, who is currently picking up a weekly wage of £70k-per-week according to Salary Sport, has gone on to become a vital cog for the Villans by racking up a total of 138 appearances across all competitions with 16 goals and 21 assists to his name.
With 26 league appearances under his belt this season, the Scotland international, who has been described as a player that “does everything” on the pitch by Joe Cole, has earned himself an overall performance rating of 7.17, making him the second-highest rated player in Steven Gerrard’s squad behind Philippe Coutinho according to WhoScored.
Despite losing 1-0 at home to Arsenal in their latest Premier League outing, McGinn still managed to show how valuable he is to the team by winning eight of the ten duels he was involved in, as well as making two tackles and completing the two dribbles he attempted. That ultimately earned himself an overall match rating of 7.3, making him the highest-rated Villa player on the day according to SofaScore.
Shortly after making the move to Villa Park, Transfermarkt rated McGinn’s market value at just £1.58m, whereas it now stands at a massive £27m, the highest it has been throughout his career and a huge increase of 1250% from the £2m fee the club shelled out for him.
Taking all of this into account, it’s safe to say that the Midlands club have certainly got their money’s worth out of the midfield dynamo since his arrival from Scotland.
That ultimately shows that clubs don’t always have to splash out humongous amounts of money to add special players to their squad.