John McGinn has addressed fears over his future at Aston Villa this morning, confirming that he hopes for an extended stay at Villa Park.
He was asked where he saw himself in five years time and his reply will have given all Aston Villa fans a huge boost after recent rumours.
As reported in the Leicester Mercury, he said; “Hopefully still at Aston Villa, playing in the Premier League. We all know this club belongs in the top-flight, so hopefully, I will be involved in that.”
That seems to signal his intent to remain at the club in the summer, despite the recent rumours. Whilst it is good news for fans, it could have a much wider and positive knock-on effect throughout the squad.
Jack Grealish is a man in demand, or at least he was in the summer. His on-off move to Spurs eventually collapsed, but it’s been widely believed he’ll be on his way from Villa Park very soon. After all, he’s 23-years-old and surely wants to test himself in the top flight at the peak of his powers.
If John McGinn had left in the summer, that would send a clear message to the rest of the squad; Villa are a selling club. McGinn only arrived this summer and after a strong season has seen his stock rise. If he were to jump ship, it could lead to others wanting to do the same.
Right at the head of the ‘leave’ queue is Grealish. He’s a Villa lad, born and raised in the club seemingly and part of their culture. When he eventually leaves one of their own will fly the nest and it’ll be emotional for all concerned.
He might see McGinn’s commitment and think it’s time to show his true colours; claret and blue. If Villa can match his ambition, a Premier League return, then why would he push for a move? If one of the big players believe Dean Smith can take them back where they belong, that’s going to have a positive ripple.
Jack Grealish is a tremendous talent and there’s a train of thought that maybe he needs the big move to give himself the best chance of international honours and trophies, but he might be tempted to follow McGinn’s lead and spend one more season at Villa.
It might just be the one where he stops being the talisman and becomes a bonafide legend as together, they lead the club back to the promised land.