Aston Villa news: £80k p/w star Dean Smith 'relies on' facing more pressure at Villa Park

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The Express & Star journalist Luke Hatfield believes Aston Villa captain Tyrone Mings makes more mistakes because he is a ball-playing centre-back.

The 6 foot 5 defender has become an integral part of Villa's team since joining from Bournemouth in 2019 for just over £20m, but his time at the club has not been perfect.

How has Mings performed this season?

The England international has featured in all but one of Villa's league games this season, only missing their 1-1 draw with Brentford in August due to injury.

As per WhoScored, he has been his side's second-best player this term, recording an average match rating of 6.92. Mings has won 3.8 aerial duels per match, and blocked 1.8 shots per game - ranking him above all of his teammates.

However, despite making a relatively positive start to the campaign, his performances have not been error-free. He gifted Chelsea a goal last month at Stamford Bridge when he played a sloppy back-pass into the path of Mateo Kovacic, who capitalised by slotting his shot into the bottom corner.

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What has Hatfield said about Mings?

When reflecting on why Mings is prone to these sort of mistakes from time to time, Hatfield put it down to the 28-year-old being the player that Dean Smith trusts to carry the ball out from the back, which sometimes doesn't work out well.

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT about Mings, Hatfield said: “It’s a tough situation for him because I think he’s the player which Villa rely upon to bring the ball out and maybe play with the ball a bit more at the back. So, he’s more liable to make a mistake.

“And obviously, if you make a mistake in that part of the pitch, you’re more likely to get caught out for it. I think there might be a little bit more pressure on Tyrone Mings, given that he’s playing at a higher level now and he’s done so for England, but he’s been quite vocal in his battles with that pressure.”

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How much does Tyrone Mings earn?

Following the summer departure of Jack Grealish to Manchester City, Mings has been handed added responsibility at Villa, as he now wears the captain's armband.

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He is also the club's second-highest paid player, earning £80,000-a-week. This means that a lot is expected of the central defender, and he has largely taken this pressure in his stride.

If he wants to take his game to the next level, though, and help Villa make a push for Europe this term, he badly needs to limit his costly mistakes in the months ahead. 

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