Bournemouth have been dealt yet another big injury blow for the season, with Charlie Daniels ruled out for the remainder of the current campaign and the beginning of the next one too.
The 32-year-old now leaves Eddie Howe somewhat short of left-back options beyond Diego Rico, so could Bournemouth be more inclined to keep Tyrone Mings this summer?
On the chalkboard
Daniels has been a fixture in the side since signing from Leyton Orient in 2012 but, as he enters his twilight years, the Cherries did the sensible thing in the summer by bringing in 26-year-old Rico to take the number 11’s mantle in the coming seasons.
The former Leganes man, though, hasn’t impressed too greatly on the south coast and has played just 607 minutes of Premier League football this campaign. The search for Daniels’ successor will surely continue as Rico simply isn’t cutting the mustard.
Rather than dipping into the transfer market for a new left-back though, the Cherries should look no further than Mings, who has been impressive on loan at Aston Villa and could finally have his opportunity to shine in red and black with Daniels set to spend a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
The versatile behemoth has been a huge hit at Villa Park due to his attitude, vocalness and, most importantly, his defensive ability – some Villans fans have even gone as far as to say he is the best defender in the Championship:
Mings is the best defender in the league. #AVFC
— EJ AV (@EddieAVFC96) March 16, 2019
Tyrone Mings is the best defender in the league by a mile. Don’t @ me
— Kev (@Kevavfc1993) March 16, 2019
Who is the best defender in the championship?
— DY (@DeanosDream) March 21, 2019
Capable of playing on the left side or at the heart of defence, the 26-year-old certainly has the physical attributes to succeed in the Premier League and has shown that, at the very least, he can be one of the best players in the second tier – surely he’s ready to make the step up to the top flight next season, having made just 23 appearances for his parent club since the 2015/16 term.
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What do you think, Bournemouth fans? Does Mings deserve another chance at the Vitality Stadium and could he fill the void set to be temporarily left by Daniels next campaign? Let us know in the comments below…