Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino should look to sign Tyrone Mings at the next available opportunity.
That’s according to the club’s former goalkeeper Paul Robinson, who believes the defender has what it takes to prove a hit in north London.
After suffering sickening racist abuse on his England debut in Bulgaria, Mings received plenty of praise for his performance and the way he dealt with such a difficult situation.
The 26-year-old has gone from strength to strength since joining Aston Villa on loan from Bournemouth in January and now he is shining in the Premier League on a regular basis.
According to Robinson, Pochettino should be looking to prise him away from Villa Park with Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld out of contract next summer.
“I like Tyrone Mings at Aston Villa, I think he’s been outstanding,” the former England goalkeeper told Football Insider.
“I think the way he’s been given his England debut this week is no coincidence to his performances.
“I watched him a lot for Aston Villa last year in the Championship and for whatever reason, it didn’t happen at Bournemouth but he seems to have found a home at Villa.
“I think his ability in the air is outstanding, his distribution with his feet, and the fact for me that he’s a left-footed centre half.
“It was always difficult as a goalkeeper when you play with two centre-halves who were right-footed, neither one really seemed comfortable on the left-hand side of the two but he gives you that option as well.”
Villa paid Bournemouth £25m for his services in July, meaning it may take double that to tempt Dean Smith into letting him leave the Championship play-off winners.
Gareth Southgate also paid tribute to Mings after the 6-0 win over Bulgaria, hinting that he could have a big role to play for England in years to come.
“Since I have been watching him for the past 12 months or so, he’s displayed outstanding leadership qualities. I thought I would see that [against Bulgaria] and I did,” Southgate said earlier this week.
“He’s an impressive young man. We presented him with his shirt [before the game] and the point I made was that everybody’s journey to becoming an England international is different, but his is very different to most of the boys who have just been in an academy system.
“And that worldly wiseness, if you like, showed. Incredibly mature performance, you could hear his communication on the pitch. And I said to him, the level of opponent often isn’t the issue with playing for England.
“It’s being able to handle wearing an England shirt. I didn’t think he would have to go through everything that he did, but he’s a very impressive young man and, even after the game, he’s spoken brilliantly as well. So, I couldn’t be happier with him or for him.”
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