Championship club Aston Villa have signed AFC Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings on a loan deal on deadline day.
New signing Tyrone Mings of Aston Villa poses for a picture at Bodymoor Heath training ground on January 31, 2019 in Birmingham, England.
Say it quietly, but Aston Villa have finally got a left-back through the doors of Bodymoor Heath after having to put up with Neil Taylor and Alan Hutton deploying those positions in recent seasons.
The Championship side confirmed on their official website on deadline day that 25-year-old Tyrone Mings has moved to the Midlands outfit until the end of the season from Bournemouth.
Since his arrival in the summer, Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham has become a firm fan favourite amongst the Holte End faithful, netting 19 league goals so far this season, according to transfermarkt.
Despite that glut of goals, the confirmed deal for the powerhouse that is Mings will prove to be a better purchase for Villa in the long run because what the versatile defender can provide.
Villa have been crying out for some competition at left-back ever since Steve Bruce was walking the touchlines, so the Bournemouth loanee ticks one big box straight away.
Added with that, the former Ipswich player can also operate as a centre-back, is left-footed and can bring the ball out from the back if need be.
There is no doubt that Mings’ arrival will add depth and balance to Villa’s backline, and more importantly, he will help the struggling James Chester.
Smith confirmed earlier in the month that the naturally right-sided centre-back, who has been playing on the left, has been struggling with a knee injury.
This has been apparent throughout this season because whenever the opposition plays a ball over the top, whether it be a goalkeeper or defender, he is unable to generate the jumping power to win that first ball.
But Mings’ arrival will allow Smith to rest the player so he can recover properly and with it utilise his new signing as a left-sided centre-back, alongside Elphick – Kortney Hause’s appearance at Wigan proved that he clearly isn’t ready to jump straight in.
Nonetheless, the signing of Mings is one the Villa fans have been craving for and an addition that would provide stability to Smith’s struggling backline.