Tyrone Mings has extended his stay with Aston Villa until 2024, effectively keeping him at the club until he is 31.
Words: Mark Jirobe | @VillaMarkPGH
Aston Villa has announced that revered and respected centreback Tyrone Mings has signed a new contract, effectively keeping the defender at the club until 2024.
It should come as no surprise to Aston Villa supporters that the ownership and coaching staff are looking to keep the core group at Aston Villa together. Last season, John McGinn was awarded a five-year contract. Just this past week club talisman and captain Jack Grealish put to bed the constant transfer rumours that surround him by signing his own five-year contract.
In the case with Mings, it’s important for Villa to continue growing not only as a club but also as a cohesive sporting unit. The leadership that Mings displays on the pitch is invaluable to Villa, especially the modern-day version of Villa who needs to improve year on year. The vocal nature of Mings on the pitch is something that supporters love to see, but it matters a great deal to his teammates as well.
Mings was awarded his very first England cap this past January to the delight of Villa supporters, and the defender looks as if he wants to be involved in Gareth Southgate’s team more often moving forward. Staying and growing with Aston Villa will benefit Mings in the short and long term as far as international status goes, but the main objective must be to keep the Midlands club progressing in the increasingly difficult Premier League.
Villa’s defence looked loads better during the Project Restart period of last season and Mings was a big part of that. Mings playing beside fellow centre-back Ezri Konsa has been a revelation of sorts for Dean Smith and it is not too early in the partnership to believe this may be Aston Villa’s centreback pairing for a long time to come.
Speaking with VillaTV in the past, Konsa has been very hopeful about his chemistry with Mings:
“I want to continue developing my partnership with Tyrone Mings. We grew as the season went on, especially towards the end in the final four games and it’s something I’m looking to build on.
“It’s always good to have a right-footed centre-half and a left-footed centre-half, it balances it well.”
With the identifiable “core group” signed to lengthy contracts, Villa are now able to push on and mightily improve upon the 17th position finish they had last season on the Premier League table. Happy troops usually mean a happy group and it seems Villa want to make sure their more prominent players are tied down to lucrative contracts while the club marches forward to being a Premier League mainstay.