By Gabriel Agbonlahor

21st Nov, 2022 | 7:05pm

Agbonlahor issues new Aston Villa claim after 'huge' John McGinn reveal

Gabby Agbonlahor has heaped praise on Aston Villa duo John McGinn and Boubacar Kamara.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Aston Villa’s record Premier League goalscorer claimed McGinn looked back to his old self in their final Premier League game before the World Cup break.

The duo lined up alongside Douglas Luiz and Jacob Ramsey as Aston Villa beat Brighton & Hove Albion away last week (13 November).

McGinn posted on Instagram after the game that it had been a “tough few months” but the win on the south coast was “huge”.

“I like Kamara because he gets on the ball and can get the ball back – that’s basically all you need from your defensive midfielder,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“Get the ball back and start attacks, make something happen. That’s what he likes to do.

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“For me, McGinn looked like a man possessed. He was everywhere and looked like the old McGinn that we are used to.

“He was aggressive and made the run for the penalty.

“He deserves a lot of plaudits because he’s had it hard recently. He’s a player that I like.

“It was a captain’s performance for him. As much as people are saying that the captaincy should go back to Mings or to Martinez, Unai Emery will probably think from that game ‘That was a captain’s performance. I’m in no rush to decide, let’s just see how the players go’.

“The break will do a lot of players favours. It will be nice for them to get a holiday, a bit of sun and back for a little pre-season.”

In other news, Aston Villa may be ready to rip up Philippe Coutinho’s contract after a major reveal.