Aston Villa have completed the signing of Tyrone Mings, with the defender arriving on loan from Premier League side Bournemouth until the end of the season, as reported by the BBC.
Well, Mings has made just seven appearances across all competitions for the Cherries this season, with three of them coming from the substitutes bench.
He has since fallen further down the pecking order following the arrival of Chris Mepham in a £12m deal from Brentford, so Eddie Howe has decided to loan Mings out in order to get some valuable game time under his belt.
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25-year-old Mings has played just 16 top-flight matches for the South Coast side since making his debut for the club back in 2015, in a game where he suffered a serious knee ligament injury. Since then, he has never really regained his place in the side.
Villains boss Dean Smith will be hoping that Mings can help shore up his defence, as only two Championship clubs have conceded more goals than Villa’s 46.
It is worth noting that Mings can also play at centre-back as well as left-back, and appears to have chosen to join Villa as he is keen to work under John Terry, who is Smith’s assistant coach at Villa Park and a legend in his position.
However, it should be Neil Taylor’s position in the starting eleven that comes under threat following the arrival of Mings. The former Swansea left-back has made 17 Championship appearances for the Villains so far this season and started against Ipswich last weekend, but has struggled to impress at various stages of the campaign.
Mings is a highly-rated player who was of interest to many Championship clubs this month, and one would assume that this loan deal is purely to get the Englishman some match sharpness, with the intention of getting him back to the Vitality Stadium in tip top condition.
He is a powerful player with great pace, strength and ability on the ball, and could quickly become a vastly superior option at left-back than the 41-cap Welshman.