Tyrone Mings lifts the veil on Ollie Watkins at Aston Villa training, explains the ideal transfer window


Tyrone Mings, Aston Villa’s commanding center-half, will line up alongside new signings Ollie Watkins and Matty Cash for today’s friendly with Manchester United. The defender has spoken of his admiration for the pair after being taken out of the championship for a total of £ 49million including add-ons.

Mings, 27, was impressed with striker Watkins in training at Bodymoor Heath this week and, in an interview with The Times, said: “He’s really sharp. He gets used to us, we get used to him. Matty Cash will. be great for us too.

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“In an ideal world we would have had more players sooner because it’s never easy to ask people to get started in the Premier League, let alone when you sign them 10 days before the start of the season.

“We have to be understanding. Everyone still holds out for pre-Covid prices and the buying club is of course asking for post-Covid prices. ”

England center-back Mings, meanwhile, also detailed his most difficult opponent to face in the Premier League ahead of the new season: Sergio Aguero.

The influential man of Villa would have prepared today to face the clinical Argentine without the postponement of the curtain raiser against Man City.

Aguero, 32, scored four times against Mings and Villa last season, including a 53-minute treble in the 6-1 beating at Villa Park.

Mings, however, explained how he enjoys meeting speed merchants such as Jamie Vardy, but struggles against center forwards on the loose.

“I like playing against direct forwards,” he said, “a willful runner like Jamie Vardy, the best example of someone who loves to play on the shoulder and loves to run in races. This is one of my greatest strengths. That, along with my anticipation means that I support myself in running races.

“The players who play the game between the ears, I find it much more difficult. Roberto Firmino walks away from you, in the middle of the field. Sergio Agüero spends the majority of the time offside and you don’t really know where he is up to [Kevin] De Bruyne leans his leg back to play the pass and he’s suddenly to the side. Agüero has given me more problems than anyone in my career.

“Manchester United is a bit like Liverpool’s top three. They trade like the red arrows. ”

Mings added: “I’m not in midfield to nail someone. I don’t think Virgil van Dijk made a lot of tackles. I am in the company of esteem!

“Growing up Rio Ferdinand was a good player for me, a well rounded central defender that I would have modeled my game on, even being left behind, just as he anticipated what was going to happen rather than plunging into the veneered.

“I’m pretty leggy and athletic and Rio played a lot with the ball. I like the leadership of Thiago Silva and Sergio Ramos. ”

You can read Mings’ full interview in The Times HERE


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