Tyrone Mings Profile
|Born||Mar 13, 1993|
After rising through the leagues of English soccer, Mings has established himself as a Premier League regular at Aston Villa, and is set to join England at the 2020 Euros.
Tyrone Mings is a professional soccer player who plays centre-back for Aston Villa as well as England.
After dropping out of Southampton's youth set-up, Mings began his career at non-league level with Chippenham Town.
Impressive performances at Southern Premier League level earned Mings a trial with Ipswich Town under-23s where he managed to earn himself a senior contract.
Following three seasons at Ipswich, Bournemouth made their move, signing him for a reported £8million and handing him his Premier League debut at the age of 22.
Mings was loaned from Bournemouth to then-Championship side Aston Villa, where he settled in well and helped the club earn promotion back to the Premier League.
Mings subsequently made his stay at Villa permanent, and he has continued to impress with solid defensive performances. His successful 2020/21 season was rewarded by Gareth Southgate with a place in England's Euro 2020 squad.
Mings entered Southampton's academy aged eight and eight years there.
However, after being deemed too lightweight to make it, he was released from their set-up.
Mings has often discussed his tough upbringing, which included being forced into social shelter for a year with his mum and sisters during primary school.
Speaking to the Telegraph about his experiences, Mings said: "We lived with the guy in Chippenham and there was no other alternative. One day we just had to up and leave, and that was the only place we could go.
"I remember it vividly, it was horrendous - communal washing area, communal showers, it was awful. The people who were in there weren't always the nicest."
After contemplating accepting a scholarship in the United States, Mings instead joined non-league side Chippenham Town.
With a £45 a week salary, Mings had to rely on other jobs to make ends meet. However, his impressive performances at non-league level were recognised by former Ipswich defender Russell Osman who recommended Mings to then-Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy.
After he impressed in a trial match, McCarthy signed Mings for £10,000.
Impressing with Ipswich
Mings joined Ipswich in December, 2012, and went on to make his debut on the final day of the 2012/13 season in their clash against Burnley.
With first choice left-back Aaron Creswell suspended for Ipswich's first game of the 2013/14 season, Mings was handed a start. On Creswell's return, Mings was forced to wait for game-time.
Mings made 18 appearances that season - six starts and 12 from the bench.
Following Creswell's switch to West Ham United that summer, Mings was subsequently handed a starting spot and the No. 3 shirt.
The 2014/15 season was one of success for Mings. Not only did he establish himself as a starter for Ipswich, but his performances in the Championship saw him win the Player of the Month award for September.
Now a crucial member of the squad, Mings played a key part in Ipswich's push for play-offs. Mings made 44 appearances and scored in a 4-2 home victory over Birmingham City.
Injury problems at Bournemouth
Following Mings' outstanding performances in the Championship, he was a sought after asset for many Premier League sides.
After Ipswich initially rejected a £3million bid from Crystal Palace in 2014, their hand was forced when Bournemouth came knocking with an £8million offer.
Mings joined the Cherries in June 2015, and was quickly handed his Premier League debut when Bournemouth faced Leicester City. However, after coming on as a half-time substitute, Mings suffered a major knee injury that ruled him out for over a year.
Mings made his comeback in Bournemouth's 3-0 loss to Millwall in the FA Cup third round - but just three months later, his career was interrupted again.
Promotion with Villa
After injuries and suspensions stopped Mings from fully establishing himself in the Bournemouth first team, he was loaned out to Championship side Aston Villa in January, 2019.
Mings' arrival at Villa caused more controversy, when he stepped on the face of Reading striker, Nelson Oliveira. However, after a review of the incident, it was deemed to be accidental.
However, Mings quickly recovered from the controversy and scored in his second match. His 82nd-minute header was the first of Villa's late comeback against Sheffield United. The game finished 3-3, but Villa were trailing 3-0 before Mings' header.
His inspirational goal was a sign of things to come, and Mings quickly became a fan favourite at Villa Park. After the return of Jack Grealish from injury, Villa went on a remarkable 10-game winning streak, propelling them into the Championship play-offs.
After seeing off West Brom in the semi-finals, Villa faced Derby County in the final. Mings started the match, and performed well as Villa won 2-1 to gain promotion back to the Premier League.
Following their promotion, Mings signed permanently for Villa for a reported £25million fee.
Since their promotion, Villa have gone from strength to strength, and Mings' defensive partnership with Ezri Konsa was a highlight in Villa's successful 2020/21 season in which they finished 11th.
After impressing for Villa towards the end of the 2018/19 season, Mings received his first call-up to England for the 2020 Euro qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo.
Mings made his international debut in England's 6-0 away win against Bulgaria, but the result was overshadowed by racist chants aimed towards England players including Mings himself.
Following Mings' successful season with Villa, he was selected by Gareth Southgate for England's Euro 2020 squad. With Harry Maguire suffering from an injury, Mings started the Three Lions first two group games.
However, the Manchester United captain then reclaimed his spot in the side, limiting Mings to a place on the bench for the remainder of the tournament.
Mings' father is Adie Mings, a former striker for Bath City and Gloucester City, who now works as a scout for Chelsea.
After experiencing hardships growing up, Mings has often credited his mother, Dawn, and three sisters, as his inspiration.
On Twitter, Mings used his platform to specifically challenge conservative MP, Priti Patel, who previously stated England's decision to take the knee before a match was 'gesture politics'.
According to Salary Sport, Mings earns £67,000 a week at Aston Villa, and has a net worth of over £9million.
Tyrone Mings News
- Jul 12, 2021