By Graham Hill
TYRONE Mings’ Bournemouth future will be decided at the end of the season.
Mings, 26, has proved a hit since moving to Villa on loan in January.
And his displays at the back have helped Dean Smith’s side become more solid in defence during their late-season run to the play-offs.
If Villa are promoted then there is a good chance Mings’ move could be made permanent.
But if Villa fail to win promotion then there is little chance of Smith being able to bring in the centre half.
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is excited to see Mings playing such a key role in the end of season play offs.
But he says any decision on where Mings will play next season is being delayed.
He signed contract with Bournemouth in 2017, but he has made only seven appearances for them this season – the last one was the 4-1 defeat against Manchester United on December 30.
Howe told the Daily Echo: “I’ll sit down with Tyrone at the end of the season and we will discuss the next step.
“I have been in regular contact with him throughout his loan period. The most important thing now is he concentrates on Aston Villa and tries to help them get promotion and then we’ll see.”
Mings has bene hit by injuries since joining Bournemouth from Ipswich for £8million almost four years ago.
He spent more than a year out after a serious knee injury six minutes into his Premier League debut against Leicester City – then missed eight months of the 2017-18 season after a stress fracture to his spine.
But Howe will be watching how Mings performs in the Play-offs and said: “These are games as a footballer you want to be involved in and you’re desperate to experience.
“It’ll be great for Tyrone’s education to play in them, to experience that kind of pressure – those games are some of the most pressured you would ever face because there’s so much on them.
“It’s great for his development here that he samples that and it will make him a better player,
“That was the thing we all wanted, it is what Tyrone wanted and needed to do – play a run of games – and he’s done that.
“He’s performed very well. He’s been a big part of the Villa team that have been on such a great run, so I’m delighted for Tyrone that the loan has been so successful.”
Howe was asked if Howe’s impact at Villa Park had been a surprise and said: “I don’t think it surprised me because from the times we’ve worked with Tyrone, a long period of time now away from match action, he’s had serious injuries here, but he’s always battled back and shown a great mentality to that.
“He’s delivered a lot of quality in his performances and a lot of improvement in his performances with us, so there’s no doubting the level of player.”