Tyrone Mings vs Fabio: Arsenal, Everton target takes on former Man United man

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Does Premier League target Tyrone Mings outperform former Manchester United youngster Fabio?

Mings vs Fabio

Tyrone Mings was named Championship Player of the Month for September, after a string of impressive performances saw Ipswich Town shoot up the league table.

Having remained with the Tractor Boys despite a late transfer deadline day bid from Crystal Palace, his displays have caused interest from a number of Premier League clubs, with Arsenal and Everton the two favourites to battle for his signature.

He comes up against recently rejuvenated Cardiff City on Tuesday evening, with his left-back position fulfilled by former Manchester United man Fabio for the Bluebirds. The 24-year-old made just 22 league appearances for the Red Devils after signing for them in 2008, before completing a switch to Wales in January 2014. Despite failing to keep Cardiff in the Premier League, the Brazilian international has remained a key part of they side, and Russell Slade looks likely to show faith in him as the coach searches for an immediate return to the top flight.

With the pair set to face off against one another on Tuesday night, we take a look at whether the Premier League target compares favourably with the man who has a top flight winners medal to his name.

  Mins PlayedAssistsKey PassesTackles per GameClearances per GameInterceptions per GameFouls per Game
Tyrone Mings 1016 2 1.5 2.2 4.9 2.8 1.5
Fabio 760 0 0.2 3.4 2.2 2.3 1.6

When compared across the entire season, Mings has performed much more impressively, although, when looked at on a game-by-game basis, it is clear that both full-backs are fairly similar.

Fabio wins more tackles per game than his Ipswich counterpart, but Mings is a more all-rounded defender, completing more interceptions and clearances than Fabio, whilst also committing less fouls per game. As a young and promising defender, Mings has played a key part in the side who have conceded just 11 goals in 12 games this season - one of the best defensive records in the Championship - whilst also contributing in the attacking game.

Neither Mings nor Fabio have registered a goal yet this term, but the former has two assists to his name, and has played 18 key passes, equating to 1.5 per game - a tally that would be impressive for a creative midfielder.

The young Englishman looks to have a bright future ahead of him, and he has fulfilled the role of modern day full-back with great ability this season. It is likely that the Premier League will beckon for him in the future, but he should take advice from Tuesday evening’s opponent Fabio, and stay playing first-team football so he can improve as much as he can at his young age.

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