John McGinn names two biggest influences after being named captain


Aston Villa’s newly crowned captain John McGinn has named Jack Grealish and Tyrone Mings as two of the biggest influences to help him win the armband at Villa Park after being unveiled as captain over the past months. summer.

New boss Steven Gerrard inherited a team that saw Mings as the skipper of the group under Dean Smith, and that continued until the end of last season when they sat in 14th place under the Liverpool hero.

But sweeping changes were made in late July, with McGinn instead becoming armband man and Emiliano Martinez as vice-captain, leaving Mings in the dark.

McGinn, however, had taken the role in his stride and detailed advice from Steven Gerrard, with the manager telling him to keep being himself.

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But McGinn also described the help Grealish and Mings gave him in the years leading up to getting the armband.

“I feel settled here and I feel lucky. When I arrived I was seated next to an incredible captain, James Chester, from whom I learned a lot. He wasn’t a shouter, he didn’t have to shout because he was so respected,” McGinn said. talkSPORT.

“He led by example in the way he behaved on a daily basis, in the way he treated people. So I learned a lot from that. I learned a lot from Jack [Grealish] just playing his own game and taking games by the scruff and then Tyrone [Mings] with his leadership qualities. The three gave me so much advice. I spoke to all three.

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“It’s important to be myself and to get a bit out of everyone. But I’m not going to start changing, the manager mentioned that.

“He said ‘There’s a reason I gave you the responsibility and that’s to be yourself, don’t change, don’t think you have to start doing motivational speeches’, that which isn’t me anyway.”


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