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Steven Gerrard praises Tyrone Mings’ ‘character and guts’ for his strong start to the season after he lost the Aston Villa captaincy… as the Liverpool legend admits he took off the armband to help him overcome the ‘noise that was his captain’ to block. performances’
- Steven Gerrard praised defender Tyrone Mings’ performance
- Mings reacted impressively after being stripped of the captain’s armband
- Gerrard revealed he wanted Mings to perform with more consistency
Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard expressed his joy at the way Tyrone Mings reacted after the captain’s loss.
Gerrard chose to take the bracelet from Mings, while John McGinn was appointed skipper instead.
Mings sat on the bench against Bournemouth in the opening game of the season but has since stepped up and impressed in Villa’s 1-0 win over Southampton on Friday night.
Steven Gerrard praised Tyrone Mings’ character after his impressive recent performances
Gerrard revealed that he wanted to make sure Mings could act more consistently, and it showed.
Gerrard told Sky Sports: “I am very pleased. He has shown a lot of character and a lot of guts. I put that sound on Tyrone, so that was my situation. The reason I did that is because when I got into this job I inherited the guys that I did, there was a lot of noise around him and I felt that affected his performance and consistency.
“The idea was to take that away from him so he could focus more on him and not have to worry about other players on the team or other roles, just focus on you and consistently bring your attributes to the to bring the table. He’s got them, I still think he can do better, but Tyrone needs to focus on Tyrone.’
Gerrard praised Mings’ character after the centre-back took the captain’s armband from him
Mings has capitulated 17 times by England but has not been called up by Gareth Southgate since March and is in danger of missing out on a place in the World Cup squad this winter.
However, if the 29-year-old can continue to impress for Villa, it is possible he could regain his place in Southgate’s squad.
Jacob Ramsey’s goal proved to make all the difference as Villa triumphed against Southampton, and the victory moved them up to 13th in the standings.
Mings has often been praised for his performances since joining Villa in January 2019, initially on loan.
Gerrard chose to give the Villa captaincy to midfielder John McGinn instead of Mings
There had been speculation earlier this season about Gerrard’s future as Villa boss, but the win over Southampton is a step in the right direction.
While not a vintage performance from Villa, the result ended a three-game run without a win.