John McGinn has loved playing alongside Ollie Watkins at Aston Villa this season, according to Alan Hutton.
The former Holte End favourite, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the striker’s non-stop running and insatiable work rate makes the likes of the Scotland midfielder look like a better player.
The 25-year-old hitman, who joined Villa from Brentford last summer, has scored 12 goals for Dean Smith’s men this season, 10 of which have come in the Premier League.
While Watkins and McGinn have played every single minute together in all but one Premier League game this season, the duo are yet to set one another up for a goal.
Regardless, Hutton, who is close friends with his countryman, insists the midfielder is buzzing to have a striker willing to put in the hard yards, chase down lost causes and offer an out ball when defending.
Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “He’s an absolute delight for the likes of John McGinn, because sometimes you’re going to be under the cosh a little bit and you’re going to be defending and the likes of John will be sitting in a deeper position.
“What you want as a midfielder is a runner, somebody who’s looking to get on the ball and help you out and if in doubt, hit the corners – as a midfielder, you look like a bad midfielder if the striker doesn’t run for it, it looks like you’ve just kicked the ball away.
“Ollie Watkins is the type of guy who chases down lost causes, the way Jamie Vardy does, he runs the channels and let’s not forget, he used to be a winger so it’s not an alien position to him. Being out wide, taking players on, that’s pretty comfortable for him.
“For the likes of John McGinn and these guys, that’s a great attribute of his to be able to do that, work hard and really help them out.”