John McGinn is a throwback and has been compared to a seventies player, according to Aston Villa boss Dean Smith.
The former St Mirren youngster, 26, has been pushed further forward in the absence of injured Jack Grealish.
Skipper Grealish is due to have a scan on his shin next week with a view to returning to training.
And McGinn will have another chance to shine on Sunday evening in Grealish’s absence at home to West Brom.
Villa hope the ace can continue his goal-scoring form after netting three times for Scotland in the international break last month.
Smith revealed: “After matches a lot of the opposition managers talk about John McGinn.
“He looks so unorthodox at times but he is so effective.
“One of the comments I had the other week was he reminds them of a seventies player at times.
“He is one who can do a little bit of everything.
“He gets up and down, he gets in the box, uses his buttocks very well and scores goals.
“I am pleased he got that goal the other day.
“He has been a bit frustrated he has not scored as many this season.
“He pretty much played as a No.8 against Man City, he has played as a No.10 before as well.
“Certainly when he came back from international football we tried to get him a little bit higher.
“He has had to play a little bit deeper for us this season with the attacking form of Grealish, Ross Barkley, Bertrand Traore, Trezeguet, Ahmed El Ghazi and Ollie Watkins, which was really productive for us in the first half of the season.
“Probably it gets lost the defensive displays he has put in for us this season.
“But he is very adaptable as a player.”
Grealish sat out the defeat to City as he was pictured in the stands at Villa Park talking to England boss Gareth Southgate at half-time.
Grealish, a summer target for City, updated Southgate on his improving fitness and the pair admired City’s crisp passing football.
Villa hope to include Brazilian striker Wesley in their squad on Sunday for the first time since his serious knee injury on January 1, 2020.