Aston Villa are heading to Wembley once again. They beat rivals West Brom on penalties last night to book their place in the final of the playoffs against either Leeds United or Derby County.
One man who has been pivotal to their climb back up the Championship table has been Tyrone Mings. Signed on loan from Bournemouth in the January transfer window the defender has been key to the club’s climb from 15th to the Wembley showpiece.
One man who is hoping this loan deal eventually becomes permanent is Aston Villa midfield general John McGinn.
Speaking to the Sky Sports cameras after the game last night (14/05/2019) he exclaimed disbelief at the fact Mings was not getting game-time with the Cherries.
“He’s a colossus at the back. I just don’t know how he doesn’t get a game for Bournemouth. That’s a myth for me. If we can keep a hold of Ty in the Premier League next summer, that’ll be brilliant for the club.”
Mings’ career has, obviously, been struck down by a string of injury problems. A knee injury suffered on his Bournemouth Premier League debut in 2015 has seen the last few years be a struggle for the 26-year-old.
But at Aston Villa, he is showcasing the form that saw Bournemouth spend big to bring him from Ipswich Town four years ago.
If Aston Villa are promoted this summer, there is no doubt they will have Mings in their crosshairs as a potential permanent signing. Even if they do fail to make it back to the Premier League, then Mings must be one of the first players on their wishlist for the summer.