Tyrone Mings Signs New Villa Contract
Aston Villa have today have announced that Tyrone Mings has signed a new three-and-a-half year contract. It’s certainly good news moving forward for the club, as Mings had one season left on his previous contract and his presence in the team has been vital since Villa have returned to the Premier League.
As it’s been well documented, in the 12 Premier League games the 29-year-old centre-back has missed for Villa, they have only won one of those games. Also, every time a Villa manager has tried to move away from Mings, it’s tended to back fire – think Dean Smith starting Mings on the bench against West Ham and Steven Gerrard stripping him of the Villa captaincy.
A motivator and an organiser at the back, Mings is one of the few big characters in the Villa team on the pitch, so when he is absent from the team sheet, ala last weekend’s Manchester City game, there is a sense of deflation before a ball is even kicked.
“He is in the best moment of his career: he’s mature, he has good experiences and he wants to extend his career, physically,” said Unai Emery, when asked to comment on Mings’ new contract.
“We are trying to improve as a team, collectively and individually, and with him we are trying to support him and give him the confidence to play.”
Mings alongside John McGinn, are the only two key players from recent Villa match day squads, that are left from the side that was promoted from the Championship. While prone to the odd mistake (name me a perfect centre-back?), Mings has attracted some boo boys on social media, but in reality, there is a sense that he is one of the rare players actually emotionally invested in the club and it’s current journey. He has also represented the club well off the field.
Mings’ England Hope
The Gerrard captaincy farce has perhaps unfairly compromised Ming’s England career, with him missing out of the recent World Cup squad. Hopefully, the new contract will spur him on for the rest of the season to break back into the international reckoning.
Mings has 14 clean sheets to his name in his 17 appearances for England, with two goals too. Playing every group game of the Euro 2020, he never put a foot wrong for the national team, so it’s been a little harsh on the Villa centre-back to have been dropped, considering the lenience afforded by Gareth Southgate to the likes of Harry Maguire and Connor Coady.
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Mings Returns from Injury
In the press conference for the upcoming Arsenal game, Emery had further good news declaring that Mings will return to the match day squad, after missing the recent encounter with Manchester City through injury.
“He (Tyrone) is in the squad. He trained today and yesterday but we are going to decide tomorrow morning before the match,” confirmed Emery.
“The last moments are going to be very important about the decision if he can start or not.”