Tyrone Mings peaked for Aston Villa in 2020/21, putting in top performances at club level that resulted in him representing the England national team. The 29-year-old was part of a defence that conceded 46 goals from 38 Premier League and kept 15 clean sheets to boot.

Mings was inconsistent the following season, however, and Simon Jordan believes he’s just a “flat-track bully”. The England international has recently lost the captaincy and has the stiffest competition for playing time following Diego Carlos’ arrival, so his position in the starting eleven is no longer guaranteed.

Jordan told talkSPORT: “I don’t think Tyrone Mings is the answer for Aston Villa to get to the next level. He’s decent, but when he’s been elevated to the England level and when he’s been asked questions of at Villa, I thought he’s a flat-track bully. Some of the players able to cope with that made him look a little pedestrian as a centre half.”

Mings joined Villa from Bournemouth in 2019 and has gone on to make 128 appearances in all competitions, scoring seven goals with seven assists. He’s been a terrific servant and mostly dependable at the back but isn’t without his lapses in concentration.

Mings has made errors leading to goals in the past and it’s that poor decision-making that sees his future at Villa Park uncertain and his hopes of getting in England’s World Cup squad unsure.

There’s a genuine chance Steven Gerrard names Ezri Konsa alongside Carlos for Villa’s first league game back, having left Mings behind in their final pre-season friendly, so Mings needs to prove he can step up against better opposition.

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