Graham Souness has recently revealed his belief that John McGinn’s return is set to aid Aston Villa’s Premier League survival hopes, whilst also suggesting that the Midlands-based club could find it difficult to keep hold of the 25-year-old.
The Premier League campaign is finally set to resume in the coming week.
The first set of games takes place on Wednesday the 17th of June, with four sides set to play out their games in hand.
One of the two fixtures scheduled that day will see Aston Villa play host to a high-flying Sheffield United side.
Villa will kick-off the tie sat 19th in the Premier League table, but a win would take them up to 16th spot.
Securing such a result will likely be easier said than done, though, as Sheffield United have been in fine form this term, and would actually move above 5th placed Manchester United with a win at Villa Park.
Souness on McGinn
Aston Villa’s fight for survival then continues with another tough test later in the week, with Dean Smith’s side set to take on Chelsea.
One slight positive for the Lions heading into their final 10 games of the season, though, is the return of John McGinn.
McGinn had been one of Villa’s standout performers early in the campaign, before suffering a fractured ankle in late December.
However, Dean Smith recently confirmed that the Scotsman is back on the training pitch, and has taken part in friendlies vs West Brom and Leicester City.
And, as mentioned above, Graham Souness is of the opinion that McGinn’s return could be a big boost for Villa’s survival hopes.
However, Souness also conceded that Villa may find it difficult to keep hold of the midfielder in the next transfer window.
Writing in his column for The Times, Souness stated:
“There is no doubt they missed John McGinn after he fractured his ankle.
“A lot of fuss is made of Jack Grealish, but McGinn does a lot of the unseen work, the box-to-box aggression, whereas Grealish attracts more attention because he spends more time running with the ball.
“If McGinn comes back and plays like he did at the start of the season it could help them survive, but they also may find it difficult to hold on to him when the transfer window opens.”
Quotes via Goal.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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