Michael Dawson has claimed that Tyrone Mings’ future at Aston Villa isn’t up, despite Steven Gerrard stripping him of the captaincy and dropping him to the bench on Saturday.
Aston Villa suffered a 2-0 defeat to newly-promoted Bournemouth, with Gerrard starting summer signing, Diego Carlos, and putting Mings on the bench, with Dawson suggesting that the Englishman has ‘never had this’ since joining the club.
When Dean Smith was in charge of Villa, he brought Mings, ironically enough, on-loan from Bournemouth, where he helped transform a struggling Championship side and push them towards promotion to the Premier League.
Months into making a return to England’s top-flight, the 29-year-old was getting called up by Gareth Southgate for England and making his debut.
He became a regular under Southgate, including being selected for Euro 2022, where he started the first two games in place of the injured Harry Maguire.
But now, his form and place in the side has hit a brick wall, as Dawson was asked if Mings’ time in the Midlands could now be up, as he told Sky Sports News.
“I wouldn’t say his time is up,” said Dawson. “But when you lose your captaincy, it’s gone to John McGinn and you spend your money on Diego Carlos, who is a good signing.
“It will hurt. He was in the England squads. You have to be playing football. And, at this moment in time, he doesn’t see that. He has taken the captaincy off him and it doesn’t see him in his 1-11 often. It’s going to hurt.
“But he has to get his head down. Fight. Opportunities will come. There will be injuries. But when you are called upon, he has never had this when he was at Aston Villa.
“He came on loan when they were in the Championship. Got a lot of praise for doing well and getting them back to where they wanted to be. Had the seasons in the Premier League and this is his first stumbling block at Aston Villa.
“Get back to work and show Steven Gerrard what you can do. He has a left-sided centre-half in Diego Carlos and Mings has his work cut out.”
GERRARD’S COMMENTS ON MINGS
After Villa’s defeat to Bournemouth, Gerrard made some comments about Mings that caused a bit of a stir with the fans.
The Villa boss told BBC Radio WM: “When Tyrone is back at his best and looks me in the eye and shows me he’s ready to play, he’ll get opportunities”
Now, fans see that as Gerrard seemingly being critical of the player and possibly throwing him under the bus, either way, it’s not a good look on the former Liverpool player.
To put it simply, given how woeful Villa have been under Gerrard, if it continues like that, then there is only one man the fans will back and that’s their former captain.