By Peter Lynch

26th Apr, 2023 | 7:46pm

Aston Villa ace Tyrone Mings leads from the back with stunning display v Fulham, a must-start for Emery

Every single one of the regular starters at Aston Villa have improved under the watchful eye of manager Unai Emery, who has transformed the club since his arrival in the dugout.

In a phenomenal turn of events, the club are now up to fifth place in the Premier League table, with European football well and truly on the cards.

Many supporters may even be dreaming of a spot in next season’s Champions League given just how impressive Villa have been in recent months. The great results continued with a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Fulham on Tuesday (26 April).

It may not have been the high-scoring, exciting encounter that supporters have gotten accustomed to, but they won’t care too much given how it leaves them just five points off fourth place with five matches still to go.

The latest hero at Villa Park was central defender Tyrone Mings, who put in a superb shift at both ends of the pitch against the Cottagers.

Importantly, it was his goal that ultimately separated the two sides on the night, but the 30-year-old provided much more than that.

As per Statman Dave, the centre-back finished the match with an 87% passing accuracy, 85 touches, 69 passes completed and five long balls completed.

He also made four ball recoveries and two clearances in a commanding display at the back. And of course as an added bonus at the other end of the pitch, he found the back of the net from his one shot on target.

Moreover, Mings wasn’t dribbled past at all against the Cottagers, according to SofaScore, while his 7.53 WhoScored rating was bettered only by teammate John McGinn (7.83).

Mings may have lost the captaincy in the West Midlands, but he has continued to lead from the back, helping guide his central defensive partner Ezri Konsa in many ways, undoubtedly off the pitch as well as on it.

In other Aston Villa news, Emery is said to be interested in a reunion with one former player this summer as he looks to bolster his squad.