Aston Villa boss Dean Smith singled out John McGinn for praise for his efforts against Bournemouth.
The Villans were beaten 2-1 by the Cherries at Villa Park, with goals coming from Josh King and Harry Wilson, and a brilliant consolation from Douglas Luiz.
It’s two defeats from two now for the newly-promoted side, who lost their first game to Tottenham Hotspur 3-1.
Despite the loss, Smith was pleased with the general improvement from his team after the Spurs game, and the manager commended McGinn for another good performance in midfield.
He said, quoted by the club’s official website: “I thought John McGinn drove us forward. He played very well. And we had chances. John had one from the edge of the box.
“We had a lot of possession in and around there, too. But I don’t think our quality was there at times, especially in the final third.”
Despite two straight defeats, McGinn has caught the eye in both games and is clearly going to be a key player for Villa this season.
McGinn could easily have added to the goal he scored at Spurs against Bournemouth.
The 24-year-old is a big threat for Aston Villa and their survival hopes could well hinge on how well he fares in the English top-flight – so far, the signs are very encouraging from the Scotland international, who has shown great technical ability.
With striker Wesley having shown much more this weekend, there’s a good chance McGinn and the Brazilian could forge an exciting partnership together going forwards.