Alan Hutton has hailed John Terry for helping to transform Tyrone Mings into a real star at Aston Villa.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Russell Edge, the former Villa full-back claimed the centre-back had the skill-set to be a “great” player before he working with Terry.
But the assistant manager of the Midlands giants, widely regarded as one of the greatest defenders of the Premier League era, helped take him to new heights.
Mings has revived his career during his 25 matches for Villa since joining from Bournemouth in January on a loan that was converted into a permanent transfer over the summer.
“As a man he’s very calm, very easy to talk to and you can just tell that he’s got kind of aura about him,” Hutton told Football Insider. “It was always going to take him a little while just to settle in with everybody and as soon as he did that he just went on from strength to strength.
“Big, massive guy, imposing, calm on the ball and, sometimes, when you have people who are calm, it makes the rest of the players calm.
“It’s infectious, it goes through the whole squad and I think he really developed as a player. One who came off the back of a serious injury and was struggling maybe to get game time where he was.
“Put that together obviously with John Terry… He had the skill-set to be a great player so putting John in the mix is only going to go one way.”
Hutton explained that Mings is also a very popular player in the Villa dressing room.
“A very good guy, loved a laugh and a joke, he was just a real nice guy really grounded as well,” Hutton added. “I think we had that in the squad and general, there was no big superstar that was going off in a huff, there was nobody like that.
“Everybody wanted to do well for each other and he was another guy who just wanted to come and do well and he fitted into the group
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