Scotland picked up a 4-0 win over the Faroe Islands in the World Cup qualifiers last night, and Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn chipped in with two vital goals for his side.
McGinn has been outstanding during this international break, scoring three goals in three matches as Scotland made an unbeaten start to their qualifying campaign.
Following his recent performances, some Villa fans have urged Dean Smith to allow McGinn more attacking freedom.
He has often been used in a deeper position alongside Douglas Luiz at the club level, but his natural game is a box-to-box midfielder.
It will be interesting to see if his performances for Scotland can convince Smith to use him in a more attacking role for the remainder of this season.
Villa could certainly use more goals from midfield, and McGinn has the ability to be a quality option for them.
The hard-working midfielder could add a new dimension to Villa’s attack with his pressing further up the pitch.
The 26-year-old has struggled to hit top form since returning from his injury, but he has looked a different player for Scotland this month.
Here is what some Villa fans had to say about his performance.
I really cant understand why he doesnt play further up in our midfield. He has goals in him, works his socks off, would be ideal to press further up. Sack off barkley and play him further up with Sanson partnering Luiz. End off
— Rico Suave (@shahislam007) March 31, 2021
hope you’re watching deano
— catrin (@catrinedwards18) March 31, 2021
Maybe we should take the leash of this guy 👀
— Jake Rhodes (@RoadieRhodes2) March 31, 2021
This is why we need to play him in a more advanced role. DM just doesn’t suit his game.
— Darren Johnson (@Darrenlj1976) March 31, 2021
We all know he can do it. Let the leash off and let him do it more for Villa.
— Nikhm #WearAMask (@Nikhm3) March 31, 2021
Maybe we should play him in a more advanced midfield position. You know. His natural position
— Harry_AVFC (@harry_blissett) March 31, 2021
Play him further up and this is what he can do !
— Dunc (@Dunc90607472) March 31, 2021
Think Dean Smith is wasting him , the boy is very talented,
— Mrb (@Mrb47016877) April 1, 2021
McGinn is expected to be in the starting XI when Villa host Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday.
The Midlands club head into the weekend tenth in the table and still have an outside chance of qualifying for Europe.