Aston Villa’s John McGinn has admitted that he is still trying to find "more consistency" in his game ahead of the new Premier League season.
The Scot represented his country at Euro 2020 and has benefited from staying fit throughout the summer.
McGinn told > Villa TV:
> Villa TV:“I think everyone is aware that if I have six weeks off I can go a wee bit chunky.
“One of my friends is a fitness instructor so he came on holiday with me and I just tried to stay as fit as I could.
“It was key for me to get a rest after playing a lot of games in a short space of time but I feel as good as I have for the past couple of years, so hopefully I can bring that into the games.”
With Villa’s new league campaign quickly approaching, McGinn is looking forward to seeing Villa Park packed to its rafters next season.
“You live and breath to play football with fans in the stands so when that was not possible it was tough, thankfully all my injury problems are all gone.
“I’m trying to improve, I feel as if I had a decent season overall but there is certainly room for improvement, it’s about working about that with the staff.
“It’s amazing to be a part of, it’s a club going in the right direction, when we came back into Bodymoor, the changes that they’ve made, it’s different class and it just makes you think you’re at a proper club which is being run well and one that is certainly going in the right direction.”
While Villa look set to lose their talismanic captain and star man Jack Grealish this summer, sporting director Johan Lange is braced for a very busy end to the transfer window. Villa have even added new members of staff to Dean Smith’s backroom team.
Specialist set-piece coach Austin MacPhee joined the club last week and is a coach McGinn knows well.
“It’s added a new dimension into the club, another Scotsman, ever since Hutts left there’s been a void missing,” McGinn added.
“I worked with Austin at St Mirren, he was our video analyst. He's had a successful career and he's one of the best in the business analysis-wise. Hopefully we can thrive in that area this season.”
Last season Villa fell short of the Premier League’s top seven after flirting with the prospect of qualifying for Europe throughout the campaign.
McGinn said of last season's disappointment: “We had our aims secretly to get into Europe, we’re not far away.
“We're a team in progress. Hopefully we can add a couple more pals and top-class players over the next couple of weeks to help what could be a European push.
“We’ll just try and get better and better all the time, and give the supporters what they want, which is European nights at Villa Park.”
Asked whether he can get on the scoresheet more regularly next season, McGinn said: “Depends where I play!
“I just want to improve, last season was sort of up and down to me, I know I’ve got much more in the tank, fewer mistakes and more consistency, trying to improve and become the best player I can be for the club.
“I don’t really mind, I can play both, the manager trusts me in both, as long as I’m on the park helping the team then I’m happy.”
Source : https://www.msn.com/en-gb/sports/football/john-mcginn-reveals-secret-as-aston-villa-prepare-for-life-after-jack-grealish/ar-AAMWeJR640