With Aston Villa continuing to prepare for life back in the Premier League in the coming season following our fantastic run to the Championship Play-Off Final, star midfielder John McGinn wants to see the club ’emulate’ Wolverhampton Wanderers in one particular way.
With constant transfer speculation coming our way now and various reports indicating that a few familiar faces may follow Jota through the door before the end of the week as we make our move for former loanees with buy clauses attached to those deals, McGinn wants everyone to up their game further in the coming year and make an impact on the top flight, as opposed to simply trying to survive.
Speaking to Sky Sports this week to reflect further on the year just passed and the year we now have ahead of us, the first question to ask is how did the journalist keep up with him I suppose.
“I think we need to be realistic but have some sort of ambitions to make an impact. You see certain teams come in, they change a little or they change a lot. Some of them do well, some go down. We’re hoping to emulate Wolves and what they managed to do. But then at the same time we need to be realistic and know how difficult the jump up is. I think I know and everyone knows in the squad that they need to up their game as well to go and prove that we can be Premier League players.”
It’s certainly a worthy aim and given how we finished last year with the players more adjusted to the style that head coach Dean Smith wants there’s every reason for optimism. We just have to make sure those games that are winnable go our way, and if we get our backsides handed to us by others on occasions, don’t get too low and ensure we bounce back.