Aston Villa’s win at the weekend appears to have handed Dean Smith’s men a real lifeline as they look to stay in the Premier League – and may have dealt a small blow to some of their top flight rivals already reportedly looking at their players ahead of the summer.
The Villans are now four points off safety with three games remaining. It is going to be a big ask for Smith’s side to get out of trouble, but their win over Crystal Palace will have given them plenty of belief.
Their next opponents however, may have additional motivation to quash any momentum Villa have when they meet on Thursday.
According to a report from the Sunday Mirror (12/7; page 69) over the weekend, Everton – who host Villa at Goodison Park this week – are interested in signing Tyrone Mings this summer.
The report noted that the Toffees look set to battle Manchester United for his signature. And it was suggested that he is valued at around £30 million.
The suggestion that Mings could leave this summer has seemingly divided some of the Villa fans on social media.
Some believe that they should have few qualms about selling the centre-back, particularly if they are offered a significant sum for their 2019 signing.
They believe that he has not vindicated the club’s decision to sign him permanently last year. He has made some costly mistakes and struggled, at times, to take his inspired form in the Championship to the next level.
However, there are others who want to see the 27-year-old given a lot more time. They have suggested that he was dealt a tough hand this season with Smith signing a host of new defenders.
And they remain convinced that he is the best defender at the club.
A brilliant performance from Mings this Thursday meanwhile, could boost Villa’s chances of staying up. But it may also leave Everton even more determined to make a move in the coming weeks.
But for now, here is what some of the Villa supporters make of the reports…
People forget this was his first full season as centre half . Villa thought it would be a good idea to partner him up with other cb with no prem experience. Should of been Cahill. His got the right tools to be a top cb with better players and coaching imo.
— Petebull99 (@pete_bully) July 12, 2020
Been saying it for the last couple of weeks. If Mings goes anywhere it will be a club like Everton.
— CJ (@CJ7891234) July 12, 2020
Needed to play alongside a Cahill or similar at this level, for me. He has all the attributes, but at least once a game shows disastrous judgement.
— Longclaw82 (@Longclaw9) July 12, 2020
Could see everton trying to sign him but he ain’t good enough for united.
— Robert Gibbons (@robgibb01) July 12, 2020
If we get our money back I would take it – our defence is one of the reasons we are a Championship side.
— Dougie Howzer (@JCisamod) July 12, 2020
Why do people want him to go? For all his faults he’s easily our best centre half. But I’d be surprised if anyone offered us more than we paid, if they do I’d wish him well.
— My Joneration (@grindrod1874) July 12, 2020
Cant see it. Not surprising Everton are in for him. He is still our best centre half. An experienced centre half-a Cahill- would have helped him.
— Will Davies (@wilsterdavies1) July 12, 2020