Described as a player with “huge potential” by Eddie Howe (BBC Sport), Tyrone Mings looked like quite the capture for Bournemouth.
Prior to his arrival, the 26-year-old had been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal (also per BBC Sport) after impressing in the Championship with Ipswich Town.
So when he left Portman Road for the Vitality Stadium, much was expected of him on the south coast.
Unfortunately for Mings, though, he has been unable to make much of an impact for the Cherries, with injuries playing their part.
However, since returning to English football’s second division, the defender has managed to find some form and increase his stock again.
At the back, Mings has been a rock for Aston Villa, giving Championship centre-forwards a difficult time while being calm in possession when its his turn on the ball.
And such displays have not gone unnoticed, with the Daily Mirror (via Daily Echo) reporting back in March that Southampton are interested in signing their former academy player.
As someone who can play in central defence and at left-back, after the season he has had, Bournemouth should perhaps think twice before allowing a permanent sell. He is a player who has a lot to offer.
If Howe thinks otherwise, though, and a departure is on the cards, Mings will not have to worry about a lack of suitors.
As things stand, it would not be a surprise to see a bidding war break out between Southampton and Aston Villa, especially if Dean Smith’s men earn promotion to the Premier League.
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