Previously, we have looked at Tammy Abraham, John McGinn, Conor Hourihane, Jack Grealish and Glenn Whelan as potential winners for Aston Villa’s 2018/19 Player of the Year award. Next on the list is Tyrone Mings:

Not many players who only arrived at the club in January would get a mention in regards to being the Player of the Year, but Mings has made such an impact that he does.

Given the fact that he has only played for Dean Smith’s side for over four months, it is fair to say that he won’t be walking away with the prize, but he does deserve respect for what he has brought to the table.

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When the Bournemouth loanee first walked through the doors of Villa Park, the team was on its knees, struggling to win games and struggling to keep the ball out of the back of the net.

But fast forward to today and Villa are in the playoff semi-finals. One of the main reasons behind that is the return of Jack Grealish in March and Villa’s defensive performance.

In their last 12 matches, they have won 10 matches and conceded only seven goals. It needs to be remembered that Smith’s side played the likes of Stoke City, Derby, Birmingham, Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday, Nottingham Forest and Leeds United.

Mings’ presence at the heart of the club’s defence has played a big part in that because he has led from the front, cleared anything that has come his way and made those around him much better.

If Villa are to secure promotion to the Premier League then his form and the manner in which he leads the club will play a big part in that.

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