By Villa News Speaking to Alan Hutton

17th Nov, 2023 | 8:40am

Aston Villa: John McGinn almost world-class player after what happened in last 24 hours

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John McGinn is just outside of the bracket of world-class midfielders, according to Alan Hutton.

The Aston Villa midfielder has been in incredible form yet again this season for both club and country, helping Scotland to qualify for the 2024 Euros and the Villans rise up to fifth in the Premier League standings.

On Thursday night (16 November), McGinn played all 90 minutes of Scotland’s 2-2 draw with Georgia and Hutton believes the former Hibernian star is someone who is knocking on the door of the elite players in his position.

“He wouldn’t give me a hard time for saying it but is he in that bracket of the best midfielders in the world? No, not the absolute top midfielders,” Hutton told Villa News. “But what he gives you is energy, character, goals, pure passion for the game and hunger to win the ball back. He makes up for in different ways.

He’s probably just outside that conversation but I think he’s only going to get better under this manager. We’ve seen so far that is the case.”

McGinn has scored five goals and supplied three assists in 19 appearances across all competitions for Aston Villa this season.

He’s also scored twice in Scotland’s Euro qualifying campaign, netting goals in each game against Cyprus and also wearing the captain’s armband on Thursday in the testing 2-2 draw away at Georgia.

In other Aston Villa news, the club has been told to sign a new striker as concerns about Ollie Watkins emerge.