Aston Villa continued their march up the Championship on Saturday with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Middlesbrough at Villa Park.
Goals from Anwar El Ghazi, John McGinn and Albert Adomah made it four wins on the trot for Dean Smith’s team.
The Villans climbed into sixth place in the second tier and will now look to cement a play-off place.
Smith’s squad is the envy of most other managers in the division so it is no surprise to see an upturn in fortunes.
The four recent wins have been built on having a solid rearguard.
Tyrone Mings, in particular, has adhered himself to Villa supporters with a string of stunning displays.
The Villa faithful have been delighted with the signing since his arrival. He is now showcasing Premier League form, however, with supporters surely hopeful of a permanent move this summer.
A permanent move will probably hinge on promotion. Financial Fair Play will be in Villa’s mind should another season in the Championship occur, which could scupper any big money deals.
Changing of the guard
The 26-year-old has been an absolute rock at the heart of the Villa defence.
His performances so far are not too dissimilar to that of John Terry’s last season.
The ex-Chelsea captain and now Villa coach led the Villans to the play-off final last season before retiring in the summer.
Villa lost just nine of the 32 games that Terry played in last season, proving a real influence on the squad.
Of course, the club couldn’t quite complete the promotion job and Mings will hope to go one better in that sense.
His style of defending is almost identical to that of Terry’s though.
Mings reads the game telepathically and is willing to throw everything on the line for his team-mates.
With such commitment, it is no surprise that the Villa faithful already adore their new man mountain central defender.