The international break was something of a rights of passage for Tyrone Mings. Aston Villa supporters already knew how good he was. With our concern over his lengthy injuries he suffered before he joined Villa now a distant memory, we knew we had a very special player.
Dean Smith admitted himself that Villa had overpaid for the player in the summer, something he joked to the press he likes to remind Mings about. Villa were obviously at the will of market forces at the time and the fact that a financially stable Bournemouth could simply name their price, as they didn’t need to sell him.
It’s hard now to image Bournemouth being a fitting size of club for the England international, who at £26m (including add-ons), for MOMS money, is already way better value than what Manchester United got for Harry Maguire.
As we discuss on the latest My Old Man Said podcast, we actually rate Mings above Maguire for his all-round game and can potentially see the Villa man now being an England regular.
What captured the nations’ interest (including Parliament’s) and catapulted the player in the football world’s mind-eye, was the way Mings tackled the racial abuse he received against Bulgaria, which we discuss in the show too.
How can UEFA let a big group of people into the ground, to be free to flaunt Nazi salutes on top of their monkey chants? Did they learn nothing from the concerns in football in Eastern European, that reached fever pitch in the run up to the 2012 Euros in Poland and Ukraine?
For all the ‘No Room For Racism’, ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ and ‘Kick it Out’ campaign posturing, has any actual progress been made inside stadiums in such countries in the past decade?
Back to Mings, he’s been key in giving Villa the solidity at the back, with his partnership with Bjorn Engels, to provide the foundation for Villa’s recent back-to-back wins. It’ll certainly be interesting to see how he fares against the attacking talent, both Manchester City and Liverpool boast, in Villa’s next two league games.
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Episode 88.5 Show Notes
Tyrone Mings Rises Above Racism and Harry Maguire
Even after John McGinn bagged a first half hat-trick for Scotland, Tyrone Mings still managed to take all the headlines in the international break, as he made his debut for England, rose above racism in Bulgaria and managed to get a shoutout in the House of Commons.
David Michael, Chris Budd and Max Stokes (Villa on Tour) discuss Tyrone Mings big debut in England’s 6-0 win in Bulgaria and the controversy that surrounded it. Also, questions like: Is international football good for Villa players? Is Mings better than Maquire? Will Dean Smith end up as England boss? Are also tackled amongst many, many more issues.
We also get ready for Brighton and beyond in a Villa-verse catch-up show.
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