Tyrone Mings has told Sky Sports he is desperate to show the world that he and Aston Villa can survive relegation from the Premier League this season, but he is “under no illusions”.
Mings completed a £26.5million permanent move to Villa Park this week, after starring for the Midlands side during the second half of last season. He played 18 times, helping Villa keep six clean sheets.
The former AFC Bournemouth star is one of six new signings at Villa Park this summer, with Smith also bringing in Jota, Anwar El Ghazi, Matt Targett, Wesley Moraes and Kortney Hause.
Mings was asked about Villa’s chances of avoiding relegation back to the Championship during 2019-20, and the former Ipswich Town star is confident that Smith’s men can fight – but is wary that changes have been made.
“Whilst you still want to ride the wave of positivity from last season, there has been quite a big change around in personnel,” Mings stated. “I hope that we can back up what we’ve done in the Premier League.”
“If we can continue that feel-good factor then great, but at the same time we’re under no illusions that the Championship and Premier League are very different.”
TBR’s view – Mings is confident, but Villa must be careful
Fulham, last season, showed that bringing in a multitude of players affected the squad and ultimately could not gel in time before it was too late.
The difference at Villa Park, is three of the six signings played for Villa last season on loan, in Mings, El Ghazi and Hause. But if the club do push for another three or four big moves, then it could edge towards Fulham territory.