Following last weekend’s derby day defeat at the hands of West Bromwich Albion, some Aston Villa fans have been seeking the positives following the confirmation that midfielder John McGinn will now serve an automatic two match ban after picking up ten yellows this season.
The 24-year-old made it ten for the campaign at Villa Park last weekend and he will now miss upcoming clashes with Stoke City and Derby County, but it should mean he’s well rested for the Birmingham City match.
Plenty of fans on social media reacting to the news actually saw that as a positive given the common belief he carries our midfield with his efforts, but it also represents an opportunity for someone else to step up and impress in his absence.
We’re building a team. With McGinn out let’s see who steps in. We need to be about more than one person or even a handful of people. All hands on deck.
— BigLongMings (@BLMings) February 17, 2019
Give him a good rest tbh, blessing in disguise
— Raven (@eddie_r_22) February 17, 2019
Looks like we will have to play a 7- 0 – 3 formation then ????????♂️
— Gio (@giopanelli) February 17, 2019
Whelan and Jedinak playing that high press football ????
— theiangill (@theiangill) February 17, 2019
Doesn’t really matter anymore, it’s all about next season now
— Villa Patriot (@bigeddo63) February 17, 2019
Only plus side is nice and rested for blues
— Nick (@Wattsnick85) February 17, 2019
— Dan Harvell (@DanHarvell) February 17, 2019
Given how impressive McGinn has largely been since his arrival over the summer from Hibernian, we’ve all seen how losing key individuals has costs us already this year, so if there is a positive to take it has to be in the team stepping up properly in a way we haven’t seen for a while.