By Danny Mills

14th Dec, 2020 | 7:06pm

'Speaking to a lot of senior coaches...' - Exclusive: Mills drops big Villa player claim

Danny Mills has heaped praise on Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn after he agreed a new four-and-a-half-year contract with the Midlands giants.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Leeds United and England defender claimed the 26-year-old is Villa’s “unsung hero” and he can “do everything”.

Villa confirmed on Friday that the Scotland international had committed his future to the club signing a deal until the summer of 2025.

McGinn is one of nine Villa players that have started every Premier League game this term and helped the club climb to 10th in the league.

“I think he’s an unsung hero – he’s very underrated,” Mills told Football Insider.

“He’s one of those midfielders who, when I speak to a lot of senior coaches it’s interesting. You get a lot of players these days who are the FIFA player. They talk about CAMs and CDMs, you get this, you get that, you get all sorts. 

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“Do you know what? He’s just a midfield player. He’s just a good midfielder. He can do everything.

“Sometimes that’s what you want. You don’t need to be defined as a holder, or as a passer or as this or that.

“He’ll score you goals, he’ll break things up, he’ll make tackles. He’ll just work hard and go about his business. I think that’s invaluable in this day and age.”

McGinn joined Villa from Scottish Premiership side Hibernian for a £3million fee in the summer of 2018.

He has scored 11 goals and provided 16 assists in 84 games across all competitions for the Villains.

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