Aston Villa did well to get a point away to Manchester City last Saturday, but Steven Gerrard won’t have been happy with every player’s performance. John McGinn, in particular, struggled and may be at risk of losing his place when Villa travel to face Leicester City on September 10.
The 27-year-old has played in every game possible this season, making seven appearances in all competitions while amassing 571 minutes of playing time from a possible 630, but his performances aren’t justifying the continued selection.
Ashley Preece of Birmingham Live gave McGinn a player rating of 6/10 and said he was ‘suspect’ with his passing while being ‘nervy’ in midfield. Craig Vickers of 90min gave the Scottish international a player rating of 4/10 and said he ‘struggled’ having to stay positionally disciplined. Abbie Ingham of The National gave McGinn a player rating of 6/10 and said he didn’t enjoy being so deep.
In the Premier League, McGinn is averaging fewer tackles per game (2) than last season (3), has created less chances per game (0.3) than last season (1.5) and makes less successful dribbles (0.8) than last season (1.3), so he’s declined in key areas.
The 27-year-old was recently appointed captain by Steven Gerrard but may benefit from a rest as he isn’t shaking himself out of this slump.