By Graham Hill
TYRONE Mings insists it is time to stop comparing Villa to Fulham – and concentrate on the teams who have won promotion, spent big and stayed up.
Critics of Villa’s decision to splash out £120million on new players have pointed to Fulham’s disastrous campaign last season when the newly-promoted Londoners brought in a string of signings but still got relegated.
But Villa defender Mings says it is time to concentrate on the clubs who have invested a lot of money and gone on to bigger and better things.
Mings told Sky Sports’ Transfer Centre: “This is a big club with big ambitions. We have to aim as high as possible. I’ve got every faith in the squad that we’ll have a successful season
“Fulham is one example where teams spend big and, ultimately, they got relegated.
“But there’s been more examples in recent years where teams have gone up, spent a fair bit of money and stayed up.
“So, while I don’t think it necessarily guarantees success, we didn’t really have much of a choice when you look at the amount of players from last season’s squad that were released. It was something that we had to do.”
One of Villa’s new faces is £22million record signing Wesley Moraes.
And Mings – who turned his Villa loan spell into a £20million move from Bournemouth – says he is impressed with the big Brazilian.
Mings added: “He’s a handful! He’s a very strong guy, a very big guy, technically he’s very good.
”I think he offers us something different and I think he’ll add a lot to the team. He’s a striker, a no.9, something which you don’t see too much of these days.
“I may have given him a few ‘Welcome to Aston Villa’ tackles – but he gives as good as he gets!”
But Mings says the biggest influence on his time at Villa has been former Chelsea and England captain John Terry.
Mings arrived on loan at Villa last January and immediately found himself working with Terry who is now on the coaching staff under Dean Smith.
And Mings said: “He’s somebody that’s been there, done it and seen everything there is to see.
“He’s the perfect person for me to learn from and he’s really helped me in the short amount of time we’ve worked together. He sets high standards and small things, which I wouldn’t even think of, he picks up on.”