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Scotland performance suggests Steve Bruce has Aston Villa newbie stilted

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Scotland performance suggests Steve Bruce has Aston Villa newbie stilted

The Aston Villa midfielder looked far more comfortable playing for Scotland last night.

Aston Villa had a tough summer. However, after some new investment, they finally managed to bring in some new faces. One such player was Scottish midfielder, John McGinn. The BBC suggests he cost the club £2.75 million from Hibernian in August and arrived with a great reputation from his time in Scotland.

His start to life at Aston Villa was certainly impressive. He bagged two assists in his first two games for the club. However, his and the club’s displays have dipped over the last three games.

Last night he was in action for Scotland against Albania. He put in an impressive display in the Scotland midfield, as they picked up a crucial 2-0 win over their rivals.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – SEPTEMBER 10: Alex McLeish, Manager of Scotland and Peter Grant assistant coach Manager of Scotland congratulate John McGinn of Scotland after the UEFA Nations League C Group One match between Scotland and Albania at Hampden Park on September 10, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It was a display more indicative of his time with Hibernian. McGinn was constantly trying to push the ball forward. He was occasionally got out when an ambitious pass went astray. However, it was clear that Scotland and former Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish had decided he wanted McGinn to try and move the ball forward as much as possible.

So is this the way forward for McGinn at Aston Villa?


Too often, as with many of the Aston Villa players, McGinn has been going sideways and backward with his passing in a rather stunted style from Steve Bruce’s side.

Instead, McGinn should be allowed the freedom that will see him occasionally give the ball away, but also ask more questions of opposing defences.

Aston Villa and Bruce must ensure the 23-year-old’s creativity is not stilted at Villa Park.

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