Aston Villa did well to draw with Manchester City on the road on Saturday, but Steven Gerrard probably wasn’t pleased with the performances of every player. Particularly John McGinn struggled and might perhaps lose his spot when Villa travel to face Leicester City on September 10.
The 27-year-old has participated in every game this season, making seven appearances across all competitions and accruing 571 of a possible 630 minutes of playing time, but his performances don’t support the ongoing selection.
McGinn had a player rating of 6/10 from Birmingham Live’s Ashley Preece, who also described him as ‘nervy’ in midfield and’suspect’ with his passing. The Scottish international had a player rating of 4/10 from 90 Minutes’ Craig Vickers, who also noted that he’struggled’ to maintain positional discipline. McGinn had a player rating of 6/10 from Abbie Ingham of The National, who also stated that he didn’t like playing that deep.
McGinn’s performance in the Premier League has dropped as he averages less tackles per game (2) than previous season (3), fewer opportunities per game (0.3) than last season (1.5), and fewer successful dribbles (0.8) than last season (1.3).
Steven Gerrard just named the 27-year-old captain, although he could benefit from a break as he isn’t shaking himself out of this slump.