According to The Sun, Bournemouth will let defender Tyrone Mings go on loan to Championship outfit West Brom this month if The Cherries can sign Brentford’s Chris Mepham.
With that in mind, we are going to discuss the pros and cons of the 25-year-old moving to The Hawthorns:
He’s a modern defender
West Brom’s defence has come under criticism this season for lacking confidence and composure on the ball. The likes of Craig Dawson and Kyle Bartley have come under huge pressure for being slow and cumbersome, and for a manager like Darren Moore who likes to play from the back, that does not help.
Mings, on the other hand, is much more comfortable with the ball at his feet, and has a keen eye for a pass. Meanwhile, he is still 6ft 5 and an imposing defender. He has not substituted finesse for physicality.
Capable of playing as both a left-back and a centre-back, Mings could prove to be hugely beneficial to The Baggies this season. Just like Mason Holgate has shown so far playing as a right-back, this versatility serious will help Moore in rotating his squad throughout the season. He could serve as another deputy to Kieran Gibbs on the left flank when neeeded.
Since joining Bournemouth from Ipswich in the summer of 2015, the defender has been ravaged by injury which has seriously hampered his playing time. In fact, since arriving at The Vitality stadium, he has averaged under five Premier League games a season.
West Brom cannot risk signing someone for half a season that will need to take a couple of months potentially to find their form. This could be a risky move and could hamper their promotion chances.
The Baggies have already signed Mason Holgate on loan this month, as well as having Tosin Adarabioyo on loan from the beginning of the season. That means they could potentially have three of their defenders leaving at the end of the season. For a team that could be in the Premier League next season, they will suddenly need to recruit rampantly to build a defence again. Then again, with the money they earn from promotion, they will be able to do that.
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