Noel Whelan drooled over “nasty” Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings for helping “transform” them into promotion contenders.
The former Leeds United and Coventry striker has been blown away by the impact made by the centre-back since he joined Villa in January on loan from Bournemouth.
Mings has made 10 appearances for the Midlands giants and played the full 90 minutes in each of their five consecutive wins that have lifted them to fifth in the Championship table.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, our brilliant new columnist Whelan explained why he has been so impressed by the 26-year-old.
“He has made a massive difference to Villa. He is very aggressive, no-nonsense, fantastic in the air and has that little bit of nastiness, which was something that was missing before,” Whelan said.
“Everyone’s talking about Jack Grealish’s return transforming the team, and it has to an extent, but what’s changed is they are keeping clean sheets and defending so much better.
“I used to hate playing against Tony Adams and Martin Keown, who didn’t look to play too much football. As a defender, you are there to not let goals in, which Mings is proving very good at.”
Villa ended the weekend on 60 points, 16 adrift of Leeds United in the second automatic promotion spot, but well placed to make a strong challenge for the end-of-season play-offs.
Ming is on loan until the end of the season, when he is due to return to parent club Bournemouth.