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Why Aston Villa’s 4-year deal for their 27-year-old stalwart is a very important long-term move

Tyrone Mings in action fr England in the European qualifiers (Getty Images)
Tyrone Mings in action fr England in the European qualifiers (Getty Images)

Why Aston Villa’s new deal for Tyrone Mings is a terrific move

Sky Sports has confirmed that Tyrone Mings has signed a new contract with Aston Villa which will keep him at the club for another 4 years. This comes on the back of captain Jack Grealish extending his contract earlier this month. (h/t avfc.co.uk)

Profile

Tyrone Mings is a 27-year-old English defender who plays for Aston Villa. He started his youth career at Southampton’s academy in 2001 and moved to Bristol Rovers in 2009.

A couple of spells at Yate Town and Ipswich followed and it was only in 2013 that Mings became an established member of the squad. He played a total of 63 games for Ipswich, predominantly featuring for them in the 2014-15 season. (h/t Transfermarkt)

Mings was signed by AFC Bournemouth in 2015. However, he featured for them on a very sporadic basis in the 3 and half seasons he was there. He managed a meagre 23 appearances for the side. (h/t Transfermarkt)

Tyrone Mings celebrates after scoring for Aston Villa (Getty Images)
Tyrone Mings celebrates after scoring for Aston Villa (Getty Images)

Aston Villa acquired him midway through the 2018-19 season when they were in the midst of a promotion push. They did manage to secure promotion and Mings was a vital part of last season’s survival campaign as well. He has played 57 games for them so far, scored 4 goals and provided 3 assists. (h/t Transfermarkt)

Mings has just the 2 international caps for England, having made his debut in October 2019.

Why a new deal for Mings is a good move

The tall centre-back has become a vital part of Dean Smith’s side that managed to hold on to their Premier League status last season after securing promotion in the season prior.

Mings was a fixed name in Villa’s team sheet with the likes of Ezri Konsa, Kortney Hause and Bjorn Engels vying for the other center-back spot. His versatility means he has featured for Villa at other positions such as left-back when required, making him an even more valuable to the team.

Tyrone Mings (R) in action against Watford (Getty Images)
Tyrone Mings (R) in action against Watford (Getty Images)

The England international has been a rock at the back despite Villa’s defensive struggles. Thus, extending his contract will only serve them well.

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Verdict

A new contract makes perfect sense when you look at how much he has contributed to Villa’s cause over the last season and half. He has been a leader at the back, trying to keep the back line organized and in shape.

Now with two of their prominent players being tied down to new and long-term contracts, Villa can rest assured that they will be committed to the club. They will need Mings at his best again if they are to avoid a relegation scare like last season.

Josh King (R) in action against Everton (Getty Images)

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