Former Leeds United striker and current BBC pundit Noel Whelan has teased that he’d love to see Bournemouth centre-half Tyrone Mings at Elland Road next season.
With Aston Villa being linked with a summer transfer deal for impressive midfielder Kalvin Phillips, I do wonder if Whelan is playfully trying to turn the tables back on the Midlands outfit as their fans seem desperate to get a deal over the line for their star loanee in the second half of the year as they successfully returned to the Premier League.
26-year-old Mings certainly played his part in their improvement across the campaign and with Leeds having defensive issues of our own, before we even debate the potential futures of Gaetano Berardi and Pontus Jansson, I can certainly see the sense in Whelan’s words.
“Tyrone Mings has been at a Premier League club for a while now and just not really given the opportunity. We saw last season, playing for Aston Villa, what a difference he made. He was that missing piece as far as I’m concerned – they were scoring goals but leaking too many. Since he came in there was a different attitude and a different steeliness about that Aston Villa back four. He’s a leader, he’s dangerous in attacking situations, very aggressive in defence – I’d love to have him at Leeds United.”
I don’t for a second, sadly, think it will happen but given how he performed last year, as Bournemouth only paid a reported £8million for him when he left Ipswich Town, I dearly wish we’d have been in for him then.