‘At long last’. Those words would have been echoed amongst Aston Villa supporters when they signed Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings.
The 25-year-old put pen-to-paper on deadline day as he was Dean Smith’s fifth signing of the January transfer window [Sky Sports].
While Villa fans will be pleased to have added a highly-talented player to their squad, the fact that he plays at left-back is what will satisfy them the most.
Mings, who can also operate at centre-back, will now provide some much-needed competition and balance to Villa’s backline.
But with their continued problems at centre-back. Where should Smith play the versatile man?
The Midlands outfit have not had a naturally left-footed player at centre-back since John Terry’s retirement.
But equally, Villa still have major problems in the left-back area – Neil Taylor and right-back Alan Hutton have deployed that position in recent seasons.
Therefore, Smith has some big decisions to make in the coming weeks, decisions which could play a big part in where Villa finish.
In recent months, the fullbacks have struggled, resulting in the team conceding lots of goals because of their incompetence.
Putting Mings in one of those areas will, at least, nullify that problem. But having the 6ft 2 Mings at centre-back would equally be rewarding.
Either way, Smith and the club’s supporters will be pretty satisfied with having another defensive-minded player in the squad.