Tyrone Mings was Aston Villa’s marquee signing in the summer. He rejoined the club on a permanent basis after a successful loan spell last season. And he is already proving his class with his performances at the back for the Villans.
Bournemouth sold Mings for big money in the summer and a few fans raised their eyebrows at his price tag. But his Premier League stats so far show exactly why Dean Smith was keen to sign him.
Mings with table-topping stats
Mings is topping the statistical charts in three defensive categories this season. As sourced from the Premier League’s official website, Mings has been the best defender in the league after five games – statistically speaking, at least.
The 26-year-old has made 10 blocks – three more than any other player in the top-flight. Two of his team-mates (Bjorn Engels and Jack Grealish) are tied in second place in this category. Meanwhile, Mings has made 42 clearances (six more than Jan Bednarek) and 21 headed clearances (one more than Ben Godfrey).
Mings starts to justify price tag
The reason Smith was so desperate to bring Mings in was because of his defensive work. Without him, Aston Villa might be in more trouble already. He has helped to keep things tight at the back for the newly-promoted team.
This included a clean sheet against West Ham last Monday. Mings cost Aston Villa a hefty fee which could rise to £25m (as per Sky Sports). There is a long way to go before he has justified this price tag. But if he keeps Villa up, he will be worth every penny.
How important is Mings
Mings has formed a strong partnership with Bjorn Engels and this could blossom. Aston Villa were resolute in defence as West Ham’s talented attack travelled to Villa Park on Monday.
This needs to happen more often and Mings is the key man in the back four. Smith knows this and broke the bank for his return. These early-season stats are vindicating this decision.