Darren Bent has waxed lyrical about Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings following his first ever call-up to the senior England squad.
The 26-year-old was named in Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions squad for upcoming European qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo in the international break.
He helped Villa earn promotion via the play-offs last season during a loan spell in the Midlands and made a permanent switch to join them from Bournemouth in the summer.
Dean Smith’s side have started the new campaign with three points in the opening three Premier League games and Mings has caught the eye.
The no-nonsense centre-back is a commanding presence in defence and will be key to his team’s survival hopes against relegation this term.
He’s had to recover from serious injury problems earlier in his career, but seems to have found a home at Villa and it’s helped catapult him into the England squad.
Ex-Villa striker Bent admits that Mings has surprised with his performances of late and claims he definitely warrants a place in Southgate’s squad.
“He’s really surprised me because at Bournemouth I wasn’t quite sure, I wasn’t sold on him,” Bent said on Sky Sports’ Main Event channel (10:30pm, 29 August).
“Since he went to Aston Villa last season on loan in the Championship he was vital to why they went up quite comfortably in the end because he was absolutely brilliant.
“That calmness at the back, sometimes maybe a little bit too calm and takes a few risks, but as a defender he gets his body on the line and he’s been brilliant so I think he thoroughly deserves his call-up because he’s been brilliant for Aston Villa this season.”
Mings is turning into a serious player at Villa and the confidence he should get from an England call-up should inspire him to kick on even more.
He is a left-footed centre-back that is decent in possession, but most importantly he loves defending and is a throwback in some ways to an old school defender.
With assistant manager John Terry around the club, it’s no surprise to see Mings to his game to a new level since he joined Villa and he must be the perfect mentor to learn from.
There are some who regard ex-Chelsea captain Terry as the best defender to ever grace the Premier League and Mings should be taking as much out of him as he can.