With the colossal form of centre-half Tyrone Mings following his arrival at Aston Villa last January, we all know the part he played in helping us to Championship Play-Off success and he was pretty impressive in our Premier League opener against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.
As we continue our preparations for Bournemouth, the 26-year-old is obviously a focal point in the buildup to the game as we welcome his former club to Villa Park for our next clash.
Speaking to Sky Sports as head coach Dean Smith met with the media to preview the game, he rubbished suggestions that Mings had anything to prove to his former side, and he also tipped him to catch the attentions of England manager Gareth Southgate, given his strengths in the heart of defence.
“I don’t think we’re blessed with too many left-footed centre-backs in the country. He catches the eye with how he plays. He’s very good on the ball, he’s athletic, he’s good in the air. I think he’s a tremendous talent and the more games he gets the more he will come into people’s minds. That will probably include the England coaching staff as well.”
It’s way too early to start talking like that, but given we’ve already seen what he can do, if he continues to dominate as he did for much of the Spurs match, it’s going to become a valid question – especially when we start picking up points.