By Frank McAvennie

1st Aug, 2022 | 3:28pm

McAvennie: This may be real reason John McGinn named Aston Villa captain

Frank McAvennie is adamant Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard was right to give John McGinn the captaincy for next season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-West Ham and Villa striker believes the 27-year-old’s vocal nature is what earned him the new role.

On 27 July, the club confirmed that McGinn has been handed the captaincy at Villa Park.

The Scotland international takes over captaincy duties from Tyrone Mings.

The Villans begin their season at home to Everton on Saturday.

When asked by Football Insider as to why McGinn was named the new captain, McAvennie said: “He’s a hungry player, he’s like an old fashioned player.

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People don’t shout at each other anymore. But McGinn, when people lose the ball, he’s always shouting at them. He’s vocal and you need that.

“I think you need that in a captain. I think Gerrard sees McGinn as that kind of player and quite rightly so.

I’ve met him a couple of times and he’s a good lad. He’ll do that talking, he won’t be slow in letting people know if they aren’t pulling their weight and I think you need that.

I’m delighted for him. A lot of people can’t handle the captaincy but McGinn will handle it with ease. He’s that kind of player, he’ll get about his business, he’ll help people through the game because he’s an experienced pro now so I think it’s a good decision.

In other news, Gabriel Agbonlahor has tipped Leon Bailey for new Aston Villa role after pre-season development.