Former Aston Villa forward Kevin Phillips has claimed he doesn’t see John McGinn leaving the club even if the Midlands outfit get relegated.
The Villans were in the midst of a relegation dogfight before football was postponed due to recent events. Dean Smith’s side sit second-from-bottom, two points adrift of safety as they look to retain their top-flight status. Wolves are thought to be interested in the Scottish midfielder, who could leave Villa Park in the summer (via TEAMtalk).
However, Phillips has claimed that after speaking to the prized asset, he is under no doubts that he will remain at the club even if they are relegated to the Championship. He said: “I do not see McGinn leaving if they go down. He has been injured for virtually the whole season and he probably feels he owes Aston Villa one. If they do not go down he definitely will not leave.
“I had a conversation with him earlier on and he is a nice kid. I got the impression he feels he wants to stay and try and help Villa whichever league they are in.” (Source: Football Insider)
If Wolves fail to land McGinn it bitter blow to Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, especially as they look to add depth to their squad ahead of potentially playing European football for the second season in a row. The Molineux side sit in fifth-place in the Premier League and, barring a spectacular drop in form, look certain to be playing in either the Champions League or Europa League next year.
McGinn is a player who would add quality to the ranks as he showed prior to his long-term injury earlier in the campaign. Only Joao Moutinho averages more tackles this season and no midfielder amongst the Wolves squad has had more shots per league game than the Scotsman, as per WhoScored.
It’s easy to see why the ace would be a perfect addition to the side especially when you look at how hard he works to make an impact in both boxes. If Phillips is right and McGinn doesn’t leave to join Villa’s Midlands rival this summer, it will prove to be a body blow.
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