Ipswich Town’s form has tailed off since the turn of the year, having lost seven out of their 15 Championship games but their back-to-back wins against Bolton Wanderers and Watford have given them new hope of a return to the Premier League.
Mick McCarthy has assembled a squad which costs next to nothing. He has picked up numerous players who have a point to prove on free transfers.
In fact, one of the only players who cost him anything is left-back Tyrone Mings who he bought from non-league Chippenham Town for just £10,000.
Earlier in the season, Mings was strongly linked to Arsenal, per the Independent, after a stand-out first half to the season.
The 22-year-old is a phenomenal athlete who stands at 6ft 3in and marauds up and down the left flank on a regular basis. His long legs allow him to glide across the turf and means his pace is particularly noticeable.
He is an expert crosser of the ball and has the ability to use his height to good effect in both boxes. His pinpoint crosses have created 47 chances on goal this season.
But there are doubts as to whether he is ready for Premier League football, yet.
Mings’ form has tailed off somewhat in 2015 and in an Ipswich team intent on employing more direct football, the left-back has not really shown whether he can play neat, intricate passes like Arsenal would expect.
All the potential is there. Mings has the attributes to become an elite level left-back but he needs the opportunity to showcase his full range of abilities before he moves to a club like Arsenal.
Perhaps a move to a mid-table Premier league club should be Mings’ next stepping stone so he can show whether he is good enough to play at the top level.
Either way, it has been a fantastic rise from non-league for the left-back and McCarthy should be applauded for taking a huge gamble on him.