Aston Villa: Gerrard could make £27m star captain at Villa Park

Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard before West Ham match

John McGinn is in Steven Gerrard‘s thinking to be the next Aston Villa captain, believes journalist Pete O’Rourke.

Tyrone Mings is the Villans’ current skipper, but there has been a lot of doubt surrounding his future and the armband.

What is the latest news involving the captaincy at Villa?

Gerrard recently told reporters that he would make a decision on Villa’s long-term captain in the summer.

“I think it is always important to get in among the group and see what they are like, every minute of every day, see who is the glue in the team, see who leads in the right way, see who leads through adversity, not just when the sun is shining, see who is prepared to go above and beyond and sets the right standard on a daily basis,” the Villa manager said last month (via The Guardian).

“We are still working that out. I still won’t rule out the option of someone coming in, who I know, who is also capable of being in the running.”

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Gerrard did say that he is happy with Mings and suggested that the 29-year-old could keep hold of the armband.

At the same time, however, Football Insider has claimed that Villa are looking to sign a new centre-back to replace Mings in the team, which raises questions about the England international’s long-term role in the squad.

What has O’Rourke said about the captaincy at Villa?

If Gerrard does decide to axe Mings as Villa captain, O’Rourke believes McGinn would be in the frame to succeed his team-mate.

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, the insider said: “I’m sure he’s in Gerrard’s thinking, John McGinn. He’s such a quality player, got great attributes on and off the pitch and looks like he’s a winner and wants to win as much as he can. I think for Gerrard, he’s obviously been impressed by McGinn since he arrived at the club.”

Would McGinn be a good Villa captain?

He is certainly a worthy candidate for the armband. McGinn knows Villa well having been at the club for almost four years now and is, of course, a very good player.

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In fact, according to WhoScored, the £27m-rated Scotland midfielder has actually been the Midlands club’s top performer this season.

Gerrard, however, is obviously going to consider way more than that, with the 41-year-old not ruling out a summer signing getting the armband. But in terms of current options who could replace Mings, McGinn probably deserves to be at the top of the list.

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