Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn is attracting transfer interest from Liverpool.
Reports in recent days have suggested that Jurgen Klopp’s side are keen on making a move for the Scotland international this summer, and now, Paul Robinson has delivered his verdict on what it could potentially mean for Villa.
He said: “It would be a massive blow to Aston Villa. I’m not sure they can afford to lose John McGinn. You saw how much the team missed him when he was not in it, it was similar to when Villa didn’t have Grealish for that period.
“Dean Smith will not want to break up that team because they had an amazing season last year.”
A mainstay of Dean Smith’s side in the Premier League, McGinn enjoyed a fine campaign last season, with Sky Sports and Match of the Day pundit Micah Richards waxing lyrical about him.
He said: “This season he’s been absolutely incredible, back to the John McGinn I know. A lot of shine goes off of him because of Grealish because Grealish does the little bits that make people stand up on their chairs, but in terms of hard work, putting in tackles, goals and assists, John McGinn is a top, top player.
“Villa have been a successful side largely down to him as well and his work-rate in there.”
And, speaking last summer, former Villa ace Allan Evans hailed what the midfielder offers to Smith’s side, saying: “John has really been a saviour for Aston Villa. They were in a difficult situation and he was exactly the kind of guy they needed to get out of trouble. John has been a real star for the club.”
The fact Klopp feels McGinn is good enough to be playing for Liverpool, is a real telling sign of how highly-rated the Scotland international is.
While letting Jack Grealish go would be a major blow for Villa this summer, seeing McGinn leave would also be devastating for the club’s fans who’ve been very open in praising him.
It would be a real disaster for Villa to cash in on the Scottish ace.