Another day, another transfer rumour at B6.
Tyrone Mings was just last week linked with a switch to Manchester United (weird we were playing them, right?).
Villa would go on to lose 3-0 at Villa Park, with the 27 year old not having his best outing in a claret and blue shirt. He was though back to winning ways on Sunday, playing his part in a much needed 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.
This week there is another surprise story, this time linking the England international with a move to Everton. By an unbelievable stroke of luck and coincidence, Villa are set to play the Merseyside side this Thursday evening.
As with all transfer rumours they are to be taken with a pinch of salt, but it does beg the question as to where Mings might reasonably end up in the event that Villa are relegated?
In the Championship Mings routinely looked head and shoulders above the opposition. However, the gulf in class between England’s second tier and the Premier League is now a void that seemingly only ever widens. Suffice to say it took him a little time to adjust.
Mings has though had to contend with a Villa defence (and keeper) changing as much as the wind around him.
Tom Heaton, Orjan Nyland and now Pepe Reina have been between the sticks.
Alongside the former Bournemouth defender, Bjorn Engels has rarely featured through injury. Kortney Hause and more recently Ezri Konsa have deputised, but it has hardly been ideal. It certainly hasn’t been settled nor nearly good enough, with Villa’s defence having concede only fewer than relegated Norwich.
Despite Villa’s woes in the league, Mings has generally held firm. Whilst prone to a little rash behaviour, he is a consistent performer in an erratic backline. He was rewarded for his form with a call-up to international level this term, picked by Gareth Southgate after a string of good displays for Villa (August 2019).
Everton would reasonably be amongst a number of Premier League clubs monitoring Mings in the event that Villa slipped through the trapdoor. It remains to be seen what Mings’ appetite for a move would be, or indeed, what calibre of club he might reasonably expect to join.
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