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Aston Villa target Webster is far greater in the air than Mings

This article is part of Football FanCast’s In Numbers series, which takes a statistical look at performances, season-long form and reported transfer targets…

Aston Villa would do wonders for their chances of survival next season by resigning Tyrone Mings.

The latest on his situation is that Villa are working on lowering his asking price, but it doesn’t appear as though there’s been a breakthrough in negotiations.

Mings was exceptional for Villa after signing on loan in January, significantly improving their defence as he helped them to go ten matches without dropping a point towards the back end of the campaign.

Playing 18 times, he lost just two matches after joining as he established a fine partnership alongside the likes of Kortney Hause and Axel Tuanzebe.

However, in the eventuality that he doesn’t sign, Adam Webster could well be on his way to the club in a £12m deal after The Sun reported that they were eyeing a move for the defender.

The centre-back stands at 6 ft 3, two inches smaller than Mings but he boasts a stat that may be somewhat surprising.

Despite Mings being taller, it is Webster who is better in the air, and it’s that trait which could make him a valuable asset if he does walk through the doors at Villa Park this summer.

In 2018/19, the Bristol City man won a massive 6.4 aerial duels per game, a tally that is streets ahead of Mings who only averaged three every 90 minutes.

The 24-year-old is nothing short of a colossus when it comes to winning headers and in one game he won as many as 17 last term.

It’s a statistic that nearly defies belief as his side somehow still lost 2-1 to Birmingham back in February. In a further game against Bolton he successfully won 13 aerial duels and in two games against Villa, he won another 14.

It was a remarkable season in terms of his numbers and across the 44 games he played, he won 392 aerial duels in total.

Only Mark Beevers from a defensive perspective finished the season with a higher average, 6.8, whilst Jake Cooper, 418, was the only defender to win more duels across the entire campaign.

So in terms of Webster’s ability to win headers, he’d certainly be a stellar addition. Whether he’d actually be better than Mings, however, would have to be determined if he signs.

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