In light of the interest from the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal in Ipswich Town left-back Tyrone Mings, we take a look at how he stacks up against the other left-backs in the division.
According to the Mirror, Chelsea see the Ipswich Town defender as the potential successor to John Terry's throne despite predominantly being a left-back.
The 21-year-old has earned some well-deserved praise for his performances this season but a lot of credit must go to the Ipswich scouting and coaching staff, who found and turned a non-league left-back into a potential top four Premier League player seemingly overnight.
However, how does Mings compare of fellow Championship left-backs, and is he rightfully being dubbed the best left-sided defender outside the top-flight in English football?
Here are the stats:
|Team||Goal Assist||Total Att Assist||Accurate Pass||Duel Won||Aerial Won||Won Tackle||Touches||Poss Lost All||Mins Played|
As one can see by the numbers, the Ipswich defender is well-deserving of the label as one of the best in the division but whether he is the best is another question.
When it comes to assists, he is joint-top with Derby County defender Craig Forsyth, who was whoscored's highest rated left-back last season and following on in top spot for this campaign, too.
Mings does better the Derby defender for key passes but the Scotland international reigns supreme over Mings in every other category.
Forsyth is at the top of the pile for accurate passes, touches and tackles won, but Friend shades the Derby man in physical duels and aerial battles.
Stephen Warnock is the most careful on the ball, losing possession less than half the amount of Tyrone Mings, who is the Championship's most guilty player for giving the ball away:
|Team||Poss Lost All||Mins Played|
According to whoscored's rating system, Craig Forsyth remains the division's best left-back following on from last season but, given the praise Mings has received recently, do the numbers tell the correct story?