Aston Villa produced a respectable showing in Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Tottenham in their opening Premier League fixture.
Dean Smith’s men eventually succumbed to defeat but the scoreline flattered Spurs who were kept at bay for large parts.
John McGinn opened the scoring for the Villans after just nine minutes and they stood firm until 17 minutes from time.
Tanguy Ndombele and a brace from Harry Kane ensured Spurs’ blushes were sparred during the curtain-raiser.
There is plenty to be positive about for Villa, however. Some pundits and experts felt Smith might struggle to blend so many new players together.
That wasn’t evident at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and on another day Villa might have left with three points.
One man who really stood out was Tyrone Mings. The defender signed permanently at Villa Park for £26.5 million (The Guardian), after impressing during a loan spell last season.
The 26-year-old played 18 times at Villa won promotion the top-flight and didn’t look out of place on Saturday.
His partnership with Bjorn Engels and produced a wonderful long-ball assist for McGinn’s opening goal.
Football website Who Scored gave Mings a 7.9/10 rating – the best of all Villa players and that was just rewards for his magnificent display.
Given such an outlay in taking him from Bournemouth, Mings will be under a bit of pressure to be a success.
His strong defending and telepathic understanding of the game was a joy to behold.
Smith will be hoping that the best is yet to come from his big-money recruit, but this was an extremely positive start from Mings.