Darren Bent has insisted Tyrone Mings has a lot to prove at Aston Villa next season after his “brilliant” loan spell.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Villa striker had a different take to the club’s very excited supporters to the imminent signing of the giant centre-back.
The newly-promoted Premier League club have agreed a fee of £20million rising to £26million with Bournemouth for Mings as they step up their summer overhaul.
This has prompted an outpouring of excitement from the Villa faithful but Bent warned that the 26-year-old is far from the finished product.
“I’ve had this discussion with a lot of Villa fans, he was brilliant for the last season, don’t get me wrong, he almost surprised me last season playing for Villa, on the ball how good he was,” Bent told Football Insider.
“I’ve seen him for Bournemouth a few times and he played nowhere near the same level. Now I know the Premier League is a step up and that is my only concern.
“It could work both ways, he’s comfortable at Villa now, is one of the main men there, he’s in a system that he’s comfortable with, so he might make the step up with Villa now and look the same player and be comfortable because he knows the players, he knows the surroundings.
“At Bournemouth for me, he always looked out of place, it looked like he couldn’t step up to the level. A lot of the goals you’d watch for Bournemouth would come from his side, it was his fault, So I worry for Villa that they are pinning their hopes too much on him because you think if he was that good at Bournemouth, they wouldn’t have let him drop down to the Championship.
“I think all the Villa fans are like, ‘we’ve got to sign Mings, he’s brilliant’, and, yeah, I think he was brilliant for them last season but the Premier League is a different kettle of fish. There’s a big difference between the strikers in the Championship than the Agueros and the Harry Kanes.
“These guys are the elite of the elite. If I was Villa I try and sign him but I wouldn’t be like, ‘now we’ve got Mings we’re going to be fine’ because it doesn’t always work out like that.”
Mings joined Villa on an initial loan in January and played a key role in helping the club return to the Premier League via the end-of-season play-offs.
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