Aston Villa have enjoyed a fantastic season under the stewardship of Unai Emery.
The Villains are currently third in the table, a mere two points behind league leaders Liverpool (although they have played a game more).
The likes of Ollie Watkins, Douglas Luiz, and Moussa Diaby have shown their quality and are big parts of why Villa are in the top four.
They have recorded excellent wins this season, including a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge and two 1-0 home wins against Arsenal and Manchester City respectively.
While it is unlikely that the Villans go all the way this season, stranger things have happened in football.
Scotland international John McGinn certainly thinks his side have an outside chance of lifting England’s biggest prize.
McGinn has played his part in the success Villa have enjoyed so far this season.
The 29-year-old had made 21 appearances in the Premier League this term, recording five goals and two assists.
This works out to a goal contribution every three games, good going for a midfield player.
Nonetheless, the Villa skipper has claimed that not many people are talking about the injuries that the Villans have suffered this season.
What did John McGinn say about the title race?
Speaking after his side’s 0-0 draw with Everton, McGinn has highlighted his side’s mentality going into the key months of the title race (via the Echo):
“We are going into every game with that mentality that we are going in to win.”
“Even towards the end of the [Everton] game, we were pushing.”
“At that point they are happy with the draw but we wanted the win. We have that mentality now.”
“We are coming here, dominating and trying to get the three points. Our mentality is right.”
“We are in a good place. One thing which goes unnoticed, that a lot of people ignore, is that we’ve [got] a hefty injury list.”
“We have done throughout the whole season but we have adapted.”
“We are missing some top players so for us to be in the mix it is a really exciting thing to be waiting on them to come back.”
Aston Villa could prove an unlikely title challenger
McGinn’s words ring true; Villa have a lengthy injury list.
The likes of Emiliano Buendia, Tyrone Mings, Lucas Digne, Pau Torres and Jacob Ramsey are all out of action.
Some of those players out of action are expected to return imminently, providing a boost for manager Unai Emery.
Emery as a long history of guiding the underdogs to unprecedented success.
One only needs to look at Villareal’s shock UEFA Europa League run in 2021, where Emery masterminded a penalty shoot-out win against Manchester United.
Liverpool will have to ensure that they respect the threat that Aston Villa pose this season.