Exclusive: Alan Hutton left almost speechless by 'Standout' Villa player on international duty

Alan Hutton admits he has been left almost speechless by the performances of Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn after he netted a hat-trick on international duty.

The former Villa and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that he is running out of superlatives for his fellow countryman after watching him score three against San Marino last weekend.

In his 18 previous performances for the Scottish national side, McGinn had only netted a single goal but his treble against the European minnows means he now has four in as many games.

Hutton says that the 25-year-old looked to be relishing playing in a higher position on the pitch and that the Villa star is going from strength to strength for both club and country.

Hutton told Football Insider: “They came off a bad defeat against Russia so a lot of them had a point to prove, you still have to go out and put the ball in the back of the net, play well and earn the right to win.

“With John, he just goes from strength to strength. I can’t say enough good things about him, he’s hit the ground running this year, he’s really stand out and he’s one of the main men.

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“For Scotland he’s playing a little bit higher, maybe just off the striker and he’s really relishing the task, to get shots at goal and it’s paying off, as you see with his hat trick.”

McGinn, who arrived at Villa Park from Hibernian in the summer of 2018, has quickly become a mainstay for manager Dean Smith with 53 appearances under his belt already.

He has played every minute of the club’s Premier League campaign this season, scoring three goals, assisting once and picking up just one yellow card.

In other Aston Villa news, Hutton suggests that Dean Smith is secretly delighted with one star man’s disappointment.