Aston Villa have endured a tough, gruelling and at times heartbreaking three years in the Championship. But on May 27, that all came to an end when they made a return to the Premier League.

There have been a number of reasons behind Villa’s rise from the appointment of boyhood fan Dean Smith to the form of another inspiring boyhood fan Jack Grealish.

But one player that has also made a huge difference has been, Tyrone Mings. The 26-year-old only joined Villa in January from Bournemouth on loan, but his impact on the team has been nothing short of remarkable.

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The powerful centre-back managed to transform a leaky defence into one that has been able to prove its worth against the best of the best during these past few months.

All of that has led to and played a part in Villa’s promotion and with the summer transfer window officially open, Smith needs to make sure Mings is top of his summer transfer wishlist.

Mings is a commanding defender, who has brought calmness and leadership qualities to Villa’s backline, skills that will be needed in the Premier League next term.

Not only that, he is already familiar with Villa’s current crop of players, the fans and the style of play, so that is another reason why the club needs to make sure he puts pen-to-paper on a permanent contract this summer.

In truth, it’s a no-brainer from Villa’s perspective to sign Mings, but out of all the business they are going to do this summer, signings Mings has to be top of the list.

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