Graeme Souness received backlash from Tyrone Mings after the Sky Sports analyst criticised the Aston Villa defender in a Daily Mail opinion piece.
Mings has been under fire in recent weeks after being relieved of his captaincy by Steven Gerrard of Villa, and the manager chose to sit him out of the Bournemouth match last weekend.
When Tyrone returns to form, looks me in the eye, and demonstrates that he is prepared to play, he will have opportunities, Gerrard said after that game, in what looked to be a public challenge to Mings.
Then, Souness added salt to the 29-year-wound old’s by noting in his essay that he wasn’t really taken with the defender’s demeanour in a Zoom interview during lockdown.
Tyrone Mings in Graeme Souness’ words.
According to the Scot, Mings is “well-loved in the dressing room.” “Well, when he made a few appearances on Zoom for the Sky Sports lockdown episodes, I thought, “For a young kid who hasn’t accomplished anything in the game, you’ve a heck of a lot to say.
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I questioned him if he didn’t believe players were tremendously privileged to be performing their profession after he mentioned how footballers were at the time considered to be ‘commodities. Of course, he had a response for me, but that conversation taught me a lot.
Mings posted to Twitter following Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Everton, in which he was reinserted into the lineup and impressed Gerrard with his play as hit back at Souness for his comments.
What a strange article, he commented. He didn’t say anything to me on the Zoom chat two years ago, and now he wants to include me in his meaningless piece. By the way, I’ve come a long way from where I started. If you ever need to talk about anything, I’m happy to do so.
When asked how he felt about Tyrone Mings after his performance against the Toffees, Gerrard said: “We think Tyrone Mings is a terrific footballer with enormous talents and he’s going to be a major assist to me and the club moving ahead.
Although he was hurt the previous weekend, he worked out exceptionally well today and during the preparation for this game.
He was incredibly good and dominant for significant portions of the game today, and he contributed to a crucial victory for us, in my opinion.