AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is looking forward to having Tyrone Mings back from injury and ready for selection.
Mings made the move to the south coast last summer in a then record deal from Ipswich Town believed to be valued in the region of £8million.
However Mings played just six minutes of Premier League football before suffering torn anterior and medial ligaments in his knee and has been sidelined ever since.
He was initially thought to be sidelined for between 9 to 12 months, but in April, an unscheduled operation to remove pins from his leg, made a return date closer to the year mark.
Mings continued his rehabilitation in Philadelphia following surgery and returned to pre-season training with the squad in Chicago.
He is yet to feature in pre-season, but Howe is already thinking about positions for Mings with the idea of him offering cover at both centre back and the more familiar role of left back.
Howe told the Daily Echo…
“One of the reasons for signing Tyrone was that we saw the potential for him to play inside.
“I view him as a defender first and foremost rather than a player with a specific position. I think he can play both left-back and centre-half but, of course, he has to prove that.
“…He has looked very impressive (in light training) so the signs are very good for him and having him back would give us a different type of defender.
“We don`t have someone with that height and it could be a really big weapon for us so we are very keen to see him back.”
I remember the view of Ipswich fans when we signed Mings was that he wasn’t up to switching to Centre Back. I don’t know if they were just talking him down because he was leaving them but I think they were suggesting his positioning and awareness were lacking. Obviously we’ve seen Simon Francis seamlessly make the switch so we’ve got the right team to help him if this is the way things develop. Personally I’d love to see it – physically he’s perfect for Centre Back. – Join the conversation here.
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