Date: 26th January 2017 at 8:21am
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AFC Bournemouth captain Simon Francis has defended Tyrone Mings from recent criticism.

With Francis suspended and Nathan Ake being recalled by Chelsea, a defensive reshuffle handed Mings his first run of starts as an AFC Bournemouth player.

Mings made the move to the south coast during the summer of 2015 from Ipswich Town.

The deal was officially undisclosed but reports of a fee in the region of £8million was reported, whilst Cherries winger Ryan Fraser made the move in the opposite direction on a season loan.

AFC Bournemouth striker Brett Pitman also moved to Ipswich on a permanent basis.

Just 6 minutes into his Premier League debut Mings suffered a devastating knee injury and was sidelined for over a year.

His first appearance was in the EFL Cup against Preston, but his run of three consecutive starts came in the 3-0 defeat to League One side Millwall in the FA Cup and continued in the Premier League against Hull City and Watford.

However Mings made some unfortunate personal errors against Hull City and his performances have been criticised by some sections of the AFC Bournemouth support.

Francis told the Daily Echo

‘Mingsy is probably an easy target for criticism because he was out for so long and then he came into the team and we conceded goals.

‘When you come back from an injury, you can’t expect to be having great games in your first games back, it’s going to take time.

‘Your body has to get used to it and this team is one of the hardest to come into given the intensity and the way we play. That’s something which Tyrone will experience over the coming months…’

‘…The only way he is going to improve as a player is to play more games so, hopefully, that will continue.’

Your Say…

paul49 wrote…

Mings is not the answer at the moment as a centre back. Much too slow and tentative in bringing the ball under control and taking an age to decide what to do with it. You would expect him to use his height and be agressive but it’s very much the opposite. Would give me the colly wobbles to play alongside him.

We need Franno back v Palace. Benteke will be a handful.
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