Eyebrows were raised when Aston Villa paid a reported £20 million to sign Tyrone Mings (BBC Sport) permanently this summer.
The ex-Bournemouth defender impressed greatly for the club during his loan spell in 2018/19, but his fee was deemed excessive by the majority.
But so far, the 26-year-old has been in fine form and has pretty much already justfied his hefty price tag.
The 6ft 5in centre-half has been a colossus at the back for Dean Smith’s side, and statistics indicate he has been quite a busy man over the first six games.
According to the Premier League, Mings has made the most blocks of any player in the division so far with 12 (two ahead of Bournemouth’s Steve Cook with 10).
He has also made the most clearances with 48 – one ahead of Cook, who is again in second.
Mings is also joint-second with Norwich City’s Ben Godfrey for most headed clearances with 22 – Sheffield United’s John Egan leads the way in that category with 23.
The stats suggest Villa are getting their money’s worth from Mings, who seems to be heavily involved every weekend.
They also indicate that Villa are facing a lot of pressure from opponents and that perhaps winning the ball further up the pitch is needed so the defence doesn’t come under as much stress.
If anything though, Mings’ influence is certainly emphasised and Smith will hope the Englishman continues to be a rock at the back.