Aston Villa announced via their official Twitter channel that midfielder John McGinn is the club’s new vice-captain shortly before their 3-2 defeat to Watford, much to the delight of numerous supporters.
Villa needed to name a new captain after Jack Grealish completed a British record £100m move to Manchester City earlier this month. Former vice-captain Tyrone Mings was the man who Dean Smith chose to step up and replace his England team-mate as the club’s full-time captain, which led to McGinn being named as the new vice-captain.
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The 27-year-old scored for Villa on the opening weekend, but his late strike wasn’t enough to prevent defeat at Vicarage Road.
Villa fans react
Villa shared the news regarding McGinn on Saturday morning via their official Twitter page. Here is what these Villa supporters had to say in reply, with one labelling the club’s decision as ‘brilliant’.
“Excellent! Congratulations John, perfect vice-captain!”
“Love this too!”
“Brilliant news John, I want to see you add some real steel to your game this season, become the midfield ‘Claymore’! UTV! “
“Get in there!!! Boom!”
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