One of the big topics of conversation to come out of Aston Villa’s defeat last Sunday to Leicester City was the form of key midfielder John McGinn.
There’s been a belief in recent matches that our little Scottish Meatball hasn’t been at his best in midfield, and fans seem happy to blame that on a natural dip that all players go through, Jack Grealish’s more left move on the pitch and a whole host of other things.
Not least, his new contract and the potential that with the previous speculation about a move away, that maybe he’s been unsettled by it.
Whatever ‘explanation’ individual fans prefer to side with, there’s no doubting we’ve seen better from the 25-year-old but not living up to his own standards doesn’t necessarily mean he’s been poor and statistics website Whoscored still had him as our fourth best player from the weekend.
One shot, one key pass, 88.2% pass accuracy, third most touches (57) and he continued to be involved at both ends of the pitch, but plenty feel head coach Dean Smith should give him a rest as we face Sheffield United this weekend.
Yup, been chasing shadows for a long time now because he's exhausted! Freshen it up a little maybe Lansbury grealish in the middle with trez and el ghazi wide! Where's Davis?
— Luke carberry (@LukeCarberry2) December 9, 2019
Should of took him off as soon as it went 4-1 got Lansbury or hourihane on
— Antwilkes (@Antwilkes1) December 9, 2019
Yes he needs a rest, that’s why they have a squad of players!!!!
— martin james (@martinj65590818) December 9, 2019
Hasn’t played a decent game since since Grealish moved out wide and he signed that 5 year contract 🤔
— Michael J Edwards (@MichaelJEdwar14) December 9, 2019
Yes that’s why we have a squad, time for Lansbury, he looks burnt out
— Neil Cutler (@alfaromeo1957) December 9, 2019
Yes and when back playing in the position he does best. Better right in the heart of the midfield.
— Brendan Keenan (@roys_boys) December 9, 2019
Does McGinn Need A Break?
Yes, It Won't Hurt
No, Let Him Find His Form Again