It would be fair to say that thus far, Tyrone Mings loan move to Championship outfit Aston Villa has proved to be a successful one.
— Tyrone Mings (@OfficialTM_3) March 16, 2019
The 26-year-old has had a torrid time since making his £8million move from Ipswich Town to Dean Court back in 2015.
Numerous injuries have held him back, most notably a knee injury on his debut that sidelined him for over a year.
His progress in the first team has been so hampered that he has been limited to just 863 minutes of Premier League football, separated out across 17 appearances and three-and-a-half years.
In contrast, since making the move to Aston Villa during the January transfer window Mings has now enjoyed 810 minutes of football in just 9 games, his tenth, when it comes following the international break will mean he has played more league football for Aston Villa than he has for AFC Bournemouth.
It’s not just minutes that Mings is clocking up at Villa Park either, his performances have impressed so much that he’s even been handed the captain’s armband on a few occasions.
According to reports, however, it is not just Aston Villa who have been impressed.
The Birmingham Mail have picked up on a report from national tabloid newspaper the Mirror, that Premier League neighbours Southampton are interested in tabling a summer move for Mings if AFC Bournemouth opts to sell.
The report according to the local Midlands newspaper appears to end many hopes that Aston Villa supporters had of keeping Mings beyond his loan spell that ends at the end of the current 2018/19 campaign. Unless Aston Villa can achieve promotion to the Premier League this season.
The report stated…
Villa have no option to sign him permanently in the summer, but do have an agreement with the Cherries which allows them to match any bids from elsewhere when the next window opens.
Signing Mings on a permanent deal will only be possible if Villa win promotion, though, as money will not be available to complete such a high-profile transfer.
The centre-half is contracted at Bournemouth until 2022 and could also force his way back into their first-team picture.
At the moment he is in the best place, playing games in a lower league to build his experience and strength. If he plays well his value goes up, if he plays really well Eddie Howe may bring him back. Personally, I think he will be in the Championship next season on a permanent basis. – Join the conversation, click here.