There seems to be an awful lot of talk about Aston Villa’s spending this summer and Dean Smith has now had to speak about it.
This time, it was about the signing of Tyrone Mings, with reporting on his deal focusing on the fact it could cost Villa up to £26.5m, as shown in The Guardian’s article.
As quoted by The Birmingham Mail, the Villa manager said: “Christian Purslow went on TV and said the other day the amount of money out there that we paid is not the fixed amount and he will need to go and play an awful lot of games for Aston Villa for it to be that much and, if he does, he’ll be worth it, that’s for sure.”
Mings’ first game as a permanent Villa player highlighted just how influential he can be in defence, as he recorded 2 interceptions, 17 clearances and 5 blocks during the game, as per WhoScored.
The former AFC Bournemouth player also completed 80.8% of his attempted passes and even assisted Villa’s first goal back in the Premier League.
The defender also showed what he can do in a Villa shirt last season while on loan, starting 18 Championship games and scoring twice – during the 2018/19 campaign, he averaged 0.9 tackles, 1.2 interceptions, 4.3 clearances and 0.8 blocks.
Even if Mings had been bought for the reported fee, with how influential he can be it would have been worth it from a Villa point of view.
The club have done well to get him and it seems as though the negotiating has paid off – he is certainly an asset for the club.
Aston Villa fans, what do you think? Are Premier League rivals simply just jealous of the club’s spending? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!
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