Some opposition fans felt that Tyrone Mings’ transfer fee wasn’t justified – but with a potential England International cap under his belt – he’s managed to justify his fee in three Premier League games.

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The love affair between Aston Villa and Tyrone Mings was clear to see last season. His passion, leadership and rapport with the fans was a breath of fresh air. Aston Villa clearly wanted to make his move permanent in the summer and Mings had made no secret of his desire to stay at Aston Villa too.

Following Aston Villa’s promotion to the Premier League, to which Mings had been instrumental, negotiations began between Bournemouth and Aston Villa over his future. Bournemouth had an ace up their sleeve, knowing how much Aston Villa wanted him. How much the fans wanted him. After what felt like an age negotiating, the fee was agreed. An initial fee of around £20,000,000 – rising to £26,500,000 with add-ons.

There was a general consensus outside of the Villa circles that Aston Villa had overpaid, but the faithful considered it more of an investment. Tyrone Mings is a 26 year-old, yet to reach his prime. He’s also a rare left-footed centre-back that is composed, comfortable on the ball, brave and a natural leader. His performances for the club in the Sky Bet Championship were of a Premier League standard and he has carried that outstanding form into the new season.

He has been a candidate for Man of the Match in all of Aston Villa’s opening Premier League fixtures.

His statistics justify his England selection – topping the charts in a number of areas. According to Wyscout, he’s made 39 interceptions, 30 clearances and blocked six shots – all whilst committing only two fouls. A large number of these clearances came as Aston Villa won their first three points following a 2-0 win over Everton – and to top that, he didn’t get dribbled past for the entire 90 minutes.

Generally, £26,500,000 appears to be a lot of money for a player who had only made 20 Premier League appearances. But he brings more than just football. He brings calmness, composure and level-headedness. Those atribbutes, combined with his ability at the highest level, can only increase his value.

Aston Villa’s transfer business was all about investing in players who could be sold for more in the future should it be deemed necessary. Tyrone, after 293 minutes of football this season, will already be worth over £30,000,000 should he make an appearance for England. Smart business indeed.

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