Ex-Aston Villa defender Martin Laursen was thoroughly impressed by on-loan star Tyrone Mings in last weekend’s match, The Birmingham Mail reports.
Laursen was at Villa Park last weekend to watch Aston Villa win 2-1 over Blackburn Rovers and bolster their hopes of promotion via the play-offs.
The former Denmark international used to play in defence for Aston Villa and was presented to the crowd at half-time, receiving a warm welcome back.
Laursen played for the Villans between 2004 and 2009, racking up nearly 100 Premier League appearances and captaining the side before his career was cut short due to injury.
The 41-year-old was renowned for being a rock in central defence and he picked out fellow centre-half Mings as his star player.
Speaking to The Birmingham Mail, Laursen said: “Mings looks fantastic at the back. I had a picture with him, or he had a picture with me, I don’t know!
“The kids wanted Mings’ jersey and I managed to get it. I said to him he can have a great future if he continues like this. He can do whatever he wants.
“He’s strong, quick, good with his feet and a good header of the ball as well. He’s got everything. I’m very impressed. I hadn’t seen much of him before but I had heard a lot about him.
“He’s massive and a good left-foot. It’s nice to have a centre-half with a left foot. He’s quick as well and that is important.”
Mings once again produced an impressive performance against Blackburn. Not only did he provide defensive stability, the on-loan Bournemouth man also scored.
The 26-year-old has been a key part of their late surge for the play-offs and would be a superb signing on a permanent deal.