In the latest instalment of Profit Players, we take a look at John McGinn’s transfer from Hibernian to Aston Villa in the summer of 2018, how he helped them reach the Premier League while increasing his own value in the process.
There was plenty of talk this summer about the amount of money Aston Villa had spent after getting to the Premier League, but when the first game of the season came at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, it was John McGinn who stole the plaudits.
The Scotsman had signed for a measly £2.79m from Hibernian in the summer of 2018, as per Transfermarkt, yet here he was, gambling on a Tyrone Mings long ball, sitting down Danny Rose and putting the ball past Hugo Lloris.
Both McGinn and the club had come a long way in the space of a year, considering their first game of last season was a tight 3-2 win at home to Wigan Athletic.
In fact, even if his valuation hadn’t risen, the 24-year-old would have paid the club back and more, having scored the goal that turned out to be the winner in the play-off final, as he beat the goalkeeper to a deflected shot and headed it in, as shown in Sky Sports Football’s YouTube video, securing promotion for his side.
The club could have cashed in on him this summer, with Manchester United said to be interested, as reported by The Express, but they decided to keep him.
Aside from his goal against Spurs, McGinn has shown his worth already this season, with one assist and two Man of the Match performances in just four Premier League games.
He has been a driving force going forward, having made 1.5 key passes and 1.8 dribbles per game, but has also helped out defensively with 4.3 tackles, 1 interception and 0.8 clearances on average.
McGinn is a key asset for Villa and what is for certain, is that if any club are going to prise him away from Villa Park, then they will be paying a lot more than £2.79m.
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