It’s no surprise that Manchester United have been linked with a move for Aston Villa’s John McGinn.
That’s the view of his former boss Alan Stubbs. Who was speaking after reports in the national press had suggested that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has earmarked the 24-year-old as a potential summer acquisition.
McGinn only joined Villa last summer for a fee in the region of £2.75m but has adjusted so well that the club now value him at the £50m mark.
Stubbs was the man that brought McGinn to Hibs in 2015 and he believes it is no shock that the biggest and best are interested in the all-action midfielder.
“It’s no surprise,” he told Edinburgh News .
“John has gone from strength to strength every time he has stepped up from club to club.
“His move from St Mirren to Hibs was what he needed and then in going from Hibs to Aston Villa he has really taken his game to another level and that’s all credit to him.”
Villa managed to snag McGinn last summer from under the noses of Celtic.
The Scottish Champions had lodged several bids for the player, but Stubbs believes that worked best for all parties as McGinn wasn’t a Brendan Rodgers type player.
“John’s not really a pretty or elegant player. He’s a bit of a rough diamond, a throw-back, the sort of player that’s missing from the game.
“There’s too many of those players who look the part rather than those who play the part.”
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McGinn has yet to play a top flight game south of the border but is already being valued at astronomical fees. Those valuations are irrelevant to Stubbs who believes that the only important thing is his continued progression.
“To be honest, the figure is irrelevant, it’s only what someone is prepared to pay for a player.
“But what you can say is that John’s very much on an upward curve.”
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