Mings: Villa made wish come true

By Graham Hill

TYRONE Mings says going out on loan to Villa was the perfect move for him.

The Bournemouth centre half was desperate to show he could still hit top form after a series of injuries that have restricted his appearances for the Cherries.

Mings, 26, has made just 17 Premier League appearances for Bournemouth since his £8million transfer from Ipswich in 2015.

And he says Villa boss Dean Smith has given him the chance to perform at a high level again – with the added bonus of a promotion under his belt.

Mings’ form has impressed both Smith and fans alike as Villa have won four games in a row to gatecrash the top six and line up a play-off bid.

The chances of him staying at Villa on a permanent basis rest on him helping win promotion to the Premier League.

But Mings is just happy to be playing regular football again.

He told Sky Sports News at the 2019 Ideal Home Show at Olympia: “It’s been everything I could’ve wished for and more.

“We’ve hit form at the right time, momentum is key going into the play-offs.

“Anybody we face I think we’ll have a real good chance against.

“I’m loving it, the fans have welcomed me, the manager, Dean Smith, has been great, we’ve got some great coaches – John Terry for example – and I’m learning every day and enjoying football again.”

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