Last season, Tyrone Mings and Pontus Jansson were two of the top-performing centre-backs in the Championship. Both players led their sides to the play-offs with varying end results.
Mings produced a starring role in Aston Villa’s promotion-winning campaign while Jansson sat on the bench after an injury and could not prevent Leeds from losing in the semi-final.
Both players have made moves this summer. But there has been a major disparity in the price tags involved with both transfer deals.
Mings completed his return to Aston Villa as expected. After the Villans won promotion, the 26-year-old made his move from Bournemouth to Aston Villa permanent for £20m (as per BBC Sport).
Meanwhile, Leeds lost their star defender for a relatively low fee. According to The Mirror, Jansson’s move to Brentford only cost the London club £5.5m.
In today’s market, £5.5m is a snip, especially considering what Aston Villa paid for Mings. Both players performed to similar levels last season and even if Mings was marginally better, it does not justify the near-£15m chasm between the two transfer fees.
Bournemouth’s transfer stance should be a lesson to Leeds. The Cherries did not need to keep Mings but they still held out for a sizeable transfer fee. On the other hand, Jansson was a key player at Leeds and went for below his market value. This is a lesson to be learnt for the future.