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Severely hampered by injury during his time at AFC Bournemouth, defender Tyrone Mings saw game-time limited at The Vitality Stadium. The 6ft 5 ex-Southampton trainee, who was ironically released from St. Mary’s for being “too small” back in 2009, has witnessed his career come back to life at current club Aston Villa.
After impressing for Ipswich Town after spending time in non-league following his release from Saints, Mings earned a reported £10m move to Bournemouth in 2015 – he became the Cherries’ then-record signing following his switch from Portman Road four years ago.
Unfortunately for him, his tenure in Dorset was blighted by a severe knee injury which ruled him out for the entirety of the 2015-16 campaign. Upon his return to action, Mings struggled to nail down a regular starting-spot in Eddie Howe’s starting XI, with Nathan Ake – who joined the club from Chelsea in 2017 for £20m – and Steve Cook preferred in the heart of defence.
Mings would go on to make just 23 first-team appearances for Bournemouth, and left the club at the beginning of this year to join Aston Villa on loan.
Having impressed for the West Midlands outfit throughout the second half of last term, where he helped the club achieve promotion to the Premier League via the playoffs, the 26-year-old was signed by the Villans on a permanent basis this summer, joining the club for £20m.
He has since gone on to establish himself as a pivotal member of Dean Smith’s team, looking assured in the heart of defence alongside Björn Engels.
Mings’ performances this season, which has seen him average an astonishing 9.8 clearances and 1.5 interceptions per match so far, via WhoScored, earned him a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s senior England squad last week.
Despite being unused in both of the Three Lions’ Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo, it is clear that Mings is heading in the right direction.
So far this term Bournemouth have conceded two goals more than Aston Villa in the Premier League, and while it is still extremely early days, perhaps the Cherries will regret letting Mings leave the club this summer.
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