McLeish is a massive fan of the fab forward and believes he'll be an incredibly valuable asset for Villa next term.
He told Villa's website: "Darren has got to be up there in the top two or three strikers in the Premier League.
"His goals at Arsenal at the end of the season were incredible.
"Darren scored some really important goals at the end of the last campaign. He's been sensational since he's come in to Villa."