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Aston Villa Midfielder Pens Long-Term Contract Extension: Good Move For Everyone Involved?

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

Aston Villa have confirmed on their official website that John McGinn has penned a long-term contract extension which will keep him at Villa Park until the summer of 2025. The Scottish playmaker has been a real revelation for Dean Smith’s side since making a switch from Hibernian back in 2018 which explains why they have decided to tie him down to a long-term deal.

McGinn’s Growing Influence At The West Midlands

McGinn has made a good start to this campaign after he produced a handful of productive performances at the heart of the Villans midfield. He has participated in nine matches for the Midlands outfit this term, netting one goal and providing three assists in multiple competitions.

The 26-year-old has influenced the game at both ends of the pitch by averaging 0.8 tackles, 0.9 interceptions, 0.9 clearances, 1.1 shots, 1.7 key passes, 0.8 crosses and 1.7 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Premier League this season. He has done well to complete 78.2% of his attempted passes in the English top tier (stats via whoscored).

The Glasgow-born talent has established himself as a fan-favourite at Villa Park due to his incredible work ethic and productivity in both halves. Hence, it is no surprise that the Villans have moved quickly to secure his long-term future at the club.

Aston Villa's McGinn pens long-term contract extension (McGinn is seen in the picture)
John McGinn of Aston Villa celebrates his goal with Tammy Abraham of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on March 16, 2019, in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

What Does The Scotland International Offer On The Field?

McGinn is one of the hardest-working players in Dean Smith’s squad and has proven himself to be a consistent performer in the Premier League week in week out. He has scored and created some important goals for the Villans over the past couple of seasons and is not shy of putting in a tireless shift to help out his teammates at the back as well.

McGinn Pens A Long-Term Contract: Good Move For Both Parties?

No one can deny that the 29-time Scotland international has earned his contract extension at Villa Park. With his long-term future sorted, he can now concentrate on getting better on the field. Smith will also benefit from knowing that he has McGinn in his squad for a long time which would help him to build a team around him in the future.

The Villans need to keep hold of their star players if they want to retain their Premier League status in the years to come. Keeping McGinn would undeniably go a long way in helping the West Midlands giants establish a period of sustained success in English football. At 26, the Scottish midfield ace’s peak years are ahead of him, so Smith would fancy his chances of making the most out his services in the coming seasons.

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