Aston Villa man Tyrone Mings must eliminate needless mistakes from his game if he is to become an elite-level centre-half and get his dream, name-in-lights transfer.
That is according to former Manchester City, Spurs and Leeds midfielder Michael Brown, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Russell Edge after Mings’ anticlimactic return to the Villa first-team in a 2-1 loss to Manchester United on New Year’s Day.
It was his first action since serving a one-match ban for a red card against Brighton on Boxing Day, replacing Kortney Hause who had started – and impressed in – the previous five matches.
But Mings was at fault for Manchester United’s opener in the 40th minute, missing a header which allowed Anthony Martial to nod home at the near post.
Asked if these sorts of mistakes were stopping Mings from being considered a top-level centre-back and holding back a potential blockbuster transfer, Brown told Football Insider: “How old is he, 24?  He’s 27 now? Hell, he’s older than I thought.
“Ultimately, if you keep making mistakes at this level, it will cost you to go on but I think he’s done really well overall, hasn’t he?
“He’s got a great left foot, he’s left-sided, he’s just come back from that suspension so you make mistakes, it’s how you recover but ultimately I think he’s done well for them.”
Villa conceded just one goal in the five games Hause stood in for Mings at centre-back alongside Ezri Konsa.
Even with the two goals they conceded at Old Trafford, Dean Smith’s side still have the third-best defensive record in the league behind only Manchester City and Tottenham.