John McGinn could have ended up in the Championship with Queens Park Rangers before he moved to Aston Villa, according to former R’s boss Ian Holloway.
Speaking to Football League World, Holloway explained how much he rated the Scotland midfielder and revealed how close he came to signing him during his stint at Loftus Road, which ended in May 2018.
Holloway said: “That’s one of my saddest moments because I thought we had him coming to QPR in the summer when I was still there.
“The reports said that he was a bargain. I used to regularly read the scout reports on him and I’m not surprised to see how good he is. He’s got the quality, he puts a foot in and he does it all, he’s got everything. If I was Villa I certainly wouldn’t want to lose him. If I was him I would probably stick with Villa too.”
McGinn of course ended up signing for Villa in August and has been one of their most consistent players this season in yet another difficult campaign.
He has proved Holloway’s assertions correct with his performances but it might have been so different for the midfielder and Villa if QPR had been able to tempt him down to London before his switch to the Midlands.