This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
A relatively unknown player amongst English football fans back in 2018, McGinn was impressing for Scottish Premiership side Hibernian and his excellent displays at the club gained quick interest from a number of clubs such as Celtic.
The combative midfielder’s instant success at Villa Park saw him become a huge fan favourite, and his development in English football coincided with the Midlands based side’s promotion back to the Premier League.
An excellent debut season in the colours of Claret and Blue saw McGinn feature in no less than 44 appearances in all competitions, chipping in with 10 goals and 12 assists.
That form has continued through to the current campaign, despite Villa’s poor league form, and the Glasgow born midfielder is now deemed as a vital part of Dean Smith’s starting eleven.
Signing a deal until 2024 with Villa, fans of the club would expect to see McGinn a lot more over the coming years but with the club’s Premier League future uncertain, interest from elsewhere has now emerged.
Having arrived for that aforementioned lowly figure of just under £3m, the 25-year-old’s form has seen him now obtain a market value of £14.4m, according to Transfermarkt, proving that Villa’s decision to sign the player was one of the best pieces of business the club have done in a long time.
The potential of relegation to the Championship would prompt a likely sale of McGinn this summer, and with the likes of former player Darren Bent commenting on a reported £30m move, Villa would find it hard not to let him go.
A £30m deal would prove to be a huge profit on how much Villa spent on the Scottish international, but fans will be upset at his exit, and the club will need to pull of a similar coup in the summer transfer window to appease the likely unhappiness.
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