Tyrone Mings hits back at Graeme Souness for writing ‘weird article’ about Aston Villa defender

Graeme Souness criticised Mings in his latest Daily Mail column - the Villa captain hit back after the club’s first win of the season on Saturday (13 August)

Tyrone Mings has hit back at Graeme Souness after the former Liverpool and Scotland captain wrote an article about the England international in which he claimed Mings has ‘never achieved anything in the game’.

In his Daily Mail column, Souness hit out at Mings, criticising him after Villa boss Steven Gerrard stripped him of the club captaincy.

In the article, Souness wrote: “I won’t be joining the love-in for Tyrone Mings, the man Steven Gerrard has stripped of the Aston Villa captaincy in a move which, summed up in one sentence, says: ‘I just don’t fancy you.’

Tyrone Mings of Aston Villa reacts during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Everton FC at Villa Park on August 13, 2022 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

“Mings is ‘well-loved in the dressing room’, apparently. Well, when he appeared a couple of times on Zoom for shows we were doing on Sky Sports during lockdown, I thought: ‘For a young man who’s not achieved anything in the game you’ve a hell of a lot to say.’

“He’d been talking about how footballers were viewed as ‘commodities’ at the time and I asked him if he didn’t think players were incredibly fortunate to be doing their job. He had an answer for me, of course, but that encounter told me a lot.”

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Mings played the full 90 minutes for Villa during their 2-1 win over Everton on Saturday, and following the game he hit back at Souness on Twitter. Posting a link to the article, the England centre half, wrote: “What a weird article. That zoom call I was invited on was two years ago and he said nothing to me at the time, now wants to drag me into his pointless column.

“Btw, I’ve achieved plenty from where I started - happy to chat things through if you ever need me.”

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