Whilst Jack Grealish has been the undisputed talisman this season for Aston Villa, Tyrone Mings has seen his star rise considerably too.
The 6 foot 5 defender has earned himself a couple more caps for England, and has been a big part of why Dean Smith’s side have generally been solid at the back – before the game against Brighton on Saturday afternoon, they had conceded just nine goals in their opening seven Premier League games.
And after thrashing Arsenal 3-0 last time out, Villa would have headed into the clash against the Seagulls full of confidence. An opportunity to head right to the summit of the table was in their hands, but a hugely disappointing display put an end to that.
No-one was arguably more disappointing than Mings. As well as being caught far too high for Brighton’s opening goal when Danny Welbeck raced clear from just inside the Villa half, he just didn’t seem to be able to hand the Seagulls’ attacking movement.
On a couple of occasions he was caught napping by the darting Neal Maupay, and Emiliano Martinez had to bail him out. Then there was the quite unbelievable attempted back-pass that just went straight out for a corner.
It led some Villa fans to take to Twitter to question his performance, with a few even suggesting that his display was full of arrogance. A couple of supporters claimed that his Brighton howler was almost unsurprising, and that he seems to look well off it after coming back from international duty with England.
That one’s on Mings who thinks he’s Baresi …… pic.twitter.com/dULwIUYTja
— Jo Breeden (@BreedenJoey) November 21, 2020
Take the whole penalty thing out at the end but we should have been out of site with the chances we missed. Doesnt help when Mings thinks he’s the next coming of beckenbaur
— Alex Kirkland (@the_real_kirky) November 21, 2020
Mings needs to stop coming back from international duty thinking he’s prime Ledley King. The arrogance is somewhat unbearable #avfc
— Alex Davis (@TheOriginal_Cat) November 21, 2020
Mings rates himself to highly now. Arrogant without the ability. Konsa better
— Sipsmith (@brummiesmudge) November 21, 2020
Mings needs to keep it simple – sometimes he things he’s Maldini and that costs us usually.
When he does it straightforward he’s a great player
— Stephen M (@headofthetown) November 21, 2020
I think Mings is great but he needs to get rid of his England hangover! Each time he comes back he coasts through games. It looks like Konza is looking after him instead of vice versa
— Gareth Catherwood (@GCatherwood) November 21, 2020
Saturday was a perfect opportunity for Villa to keep their momentum going, but after doing the hard work of beating a top four contender in Arsenal away from home, they completely blew it by losing to Brighton in their own back yard.
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