Friday, 25 January 2019

Have Bournemouth got the best out of Tyrone Mings?

The speculation on Tyrone Mings' future has been filling newspaper columns in the West Midlands for the last week or more. Whether Tyrone is disappointed in the way his Bournemouth career has turned out or not, it looks like it will be interrupted if a club does want to take him in the January window.
Tyrone deserves a good run in a team.
Bournemouth made Tyrone their record signing when he was captured from Ipswich Town in the summer of 2015. Then it all looked amazing for the £8m left-back who had Bournemouth's first year in the Premier League firmly in his sights. But Mings was injured early on that season in the game against Leicester City and he had to sit the season out with a cruciate ligament injury. When he did make his way back he had discussed the option of turning himself into a central-defender, and perhaps Eddie had that in mind for him when he was originally spotted at Ipswich anyway. The problem was that Steve Cook and Tommy Elphick were a good pairing, and when Simon Francis vacated the right-back position for a centre-back role, Mings would again find himself a bit of a spare part.

I remember how fans thought gosh the club has played a lot for Mings and he's really going to be the future. He has a fantastic long stride and is so comfortable on the ball it was no surprise to see him do so well, when he did get opportunities against the likes of Man United. But have we ever seen Tyrone get a good run in the team? Not really. It's been stop start all the way along and with a nagging back injury last season, which caused him problems this season as well. Tyrone probably feels like a change of scenery could only bring him a bit of luck.
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I still believe Tyrone could be one of the best defenders in the Premier League. He just hasn't played and hasn't been able to get into a rhythm. He may find that moving to a Championship club is more enjoyable, as he will get a raft of games one after another and it may help his form, but I'll be sad to see Tyrone go if this happens. He's been a bubbly character, speaks so intelligently and carries himself well, even when times have been hard for him.

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