Liverpool legend and Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness was full of praise for Aston Villa ‘s “great” midfielder John McGinn.
The Scotsman produced a near perfect performance as goals from Romelu Lukaku (2) and Mateo Kovacic humbled Villa at Stamford Bridge.
McGinn, who was firm in defence and creative in attack, drew plenty of praise from Souness – who felt the Villa man should not have received a yellow card late in the game.
When asked what about McGinn appeals to him, Souness said on Sky Sports: “Everything. He’s 25 so got his best five years ahead of him.
“He was talking about not being up to his best last year but that was because he was going back and forth with injury.
“I’m a big fan of his, for me in midfield I don’t think I’d particularly like to play against him, he’s all action, extremely mobile, aggressive, booked today, I seem to be a Villa fan tonight, but he shouldn’t of been booked he won the ball.
“I can’t see how the referee sees it as a foul unless the referee heard Jorginho’s accompanying squeal which came with the challenge.
“McGinn is a great player who will only get better. If that was going to be his level for the next nine months, Villa will go off at me for saying this, but big clubs will be looking at him.”
The Scotsman proved to be a thorn in the home side all throughout the game, particularly frustrating Chelsea debutant Saul who was replaced by Jorginho at half-time.
And McGinn was praised by Souness for his efforts in pressing Saul, saying that the Villa midfielder’s performance would keep Saul “awake tonight”.
Souness said: ““He (Saul) will look in the mirror when he’s cleaning his teeth tonight and it will be McGinn looking back at him.
“I thought McGinn was excellent.”He huffed and puffed. In Spain he was playing for a team who won the league out there, Atletico, they would be involved in cup finals most weeks where everyone wants to beat them.
“Over there, I’d imagine the same intensity comes in waves in Spain, our league it’s incessant and it’s there all the time.
“For a man of his experience, when you’re in possession they’ll come after you in packs [in Premier League ] on the continent that’ll happen occasionally.
“Against a team of a high energy like Villa, it was happening all the time. He was rattled, making passes under no pressure at all and giving it straight to the opposition.
“The very top players learn quicker, I think this will happen to him, this will be a learning curve. That will be a hard 45 minutes for him today, he’ll go away. That’ll keep him awake tonight.”
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