Aston Villa must avoid making an unforgivable mistake this summer amid reported transfer interest from West Ham in John McGinn.
The Scotland international has once again been an integral part of Dean Smith’s Premier League side this season, missing just one game in the competition, and even that was down to suspension – in fact, barring that clash against Newcastle, he’s played every single minute in the top-flight.
Now, ExWHUemployee has revealed that David Moyes is a big fan of McGinn, and suggested that a move for him could be on the cards this summer.
He said: “Players who Moyes is interested in when he was at the club before…McGinn of Aston Villa. We haven’t made any offers for them. Moyes liked him before and Moyes still likes him. There are realistic expectations that we could go for him.”
Given how both sides have enjoyed impressive Premier League campaigns to date – West Ham looking more and more likely to secure Champions League football and Villa still very much in the hunt for a European spot – selling McGinn to a ‘direct’ rival would be a foolish mistake.
If Smith’s side can enjoy another fruitful summer in the transfer market just like they did last year with the likes of Ollie Watkins and Emiliano Martinez, then there’s no reason why they shouldn’t feel confident of really breaking up the Premier League’s proverbial big six.
So selling McGinn, who has been a real pillar of the side all season, to a team who have also harbour the same ambitions as you, would be an unforgivable error on Villa’s part.
The Scottish ace has been widely praised for his performances, including by former Villa man Micha Richards.
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 man Allan Evans raved about what the Scottish ace brings to the table, 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. It was a disaster for him and Villa when he broke his leg. He is the type of player who can make a huge difference to a side. There are not too many like him around.”
It’s exactly why Villa must avoid looking to sell the £35m-rated ace to West Ham this summer.
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