With Aston Villa tasting Championship Play-Off success at the second time of asking on Monday as we took victory over Derby County to return to the Premier League, it’s now a huge summer for the club as we look to secure the future of our loanees and continue to rebuild the club both on and off the pitch – and every fan knows Bournemouth centre-half Tyrone Mings is absolutely key to that.
With some monumental performances following his arrival in the January transfer window, the 26-year-old has proven key to our turn in form in the second half of the year and having established himself as a firm fan favourite in his appearances so far, when asked by a fan ahead of the final if he would be staying, Mings answered ‘hopefully mate’.
With our future now known, BBC pundit Noel Whelan told Football Insider that he was now expecting Villa to launch a ‘massive’ bid to ensure we did all we can to keep him at Villa Park next season.
“Villa must do everything they can do sign Tyrone Mings. He is an absolute beast. He stopped the rot for Villa when he joined and transformed their defence. He looks ready to play at the top level. He is a powerhouse – excellent in both boxes, dominant in the air, mobile, good on the ball. He ticks every box. You think they will go all out for Tyrone Mings now. They would be silly not to sign him. If he is not required by Bournemouth, I’m sure they will be banging the door down to get him with a massive bid, whatever it takes.”
I agree and I doubt there’s a single fan who would disagree with that. With Mings admitting the spell has ‘refreshed’ his career allied to the ‘matching fee’ clause we have on the loan, our foot is through the door and we should be looking to kick it down quickly.