Tyrone Mings has admitted, in comments reported by the Express and Star, that he was surprised to see Aston Villa spend so much to sign him permanently in the summer.
Mings was one of Villa’s marquee additions during an incredibly productive window. He had enjoyed an outstanding loan spell at Villa Park during the second-half of last season, so it was little surprise that Dean Smith wanted him back.
The Express and Star reports that Villa agreed an initial £20 million to sign the defender from Bournemouth, while that fee could subsequently rise to £26.5 million due to add-ons.
Some eyebrows appear to have been raised over the fee. And while no-one at Villa would suggest that they rolled the dice on the 26-year-old, Mings himself conceded that he was taken aback by the amount of money spent on him.
“Was I surprised by the figures? Yes, I was,” he said, as reported by the Express and Star. “I knew Bournemouth wanted the money back for players they had signed, so I thought the figure would have been about £15m or £16m.
“Everyone would have looked at that and said: ‘That’s probably a good deal’.
“Then it went up to whatever it went up to in the end and people were looking at it thinking: ‘I don’t know whether we have had our pants pulled down here!’”
While Jack Grealish is Villa’s talisman, Mings’s arrival was a massive moment in their season last year.
Before he joined, Villa boasted a poor defensive record. And they looked set to finish the campaign nowhere near the play-off places. But they made a remarkable improvement and produced a stunning run to go all the way to Wembley.
Mings was superb while on loan. So it was no surprise that Villa brought him back – even if it turned out that they were hoping to land the Englishman for a lower fee.
And based on the way that he has adapted to life back in the Premier League this season, their decision to spend that money on Mings will be more than vindicated in the future.