Former Nottingham Forest transfer target Tyrone Mings says he was 100% right to join Aston Villa, according to the Nottingham Post.
The Bournemouth Echo reported that Forest had agreed on a loan fee with Bournemouth during the January window, but the player later opted to move to Villa Park.
Mings has been a revelation since arriving at Villa. Dean Smith’s men have gone above Forest and into the top-six of the Championship.
The 26-year-old was targeted prior to the Reds landing Yohan Benalouane and Alex Milosevic.
Mings’ form for the Villans has quickly highlighted just how big of a blow it was for Forest to miss out.
The central defender has played eight games for the club scoring once in the process.
He is of the belief that he absolutely made the right call.
Mings told the Nottingham Post: “The loan is massive for me. I don’t think I could underestimate how big it is and how big a decision it was to choose where to go because everything had to click immediately.
“The aim is obviously to make the play-offs, but playing games and feeling wanted was also important.
“Personally, it was a big choice and I 100 percent believe I made the right one.”
The Seat Pitch verdict
Looking at Aston Villa’s current league position, it is hard to deny that Mings is probably right.
The Villans do look in a better position to win promotion that Forest right now and Mings has played a part in that.
Benalouane and Milosevic have looked solid for the Reds since their arrival, but Mings’ proven Championship experience would still have been useful for Forest.
Paying a loan fee is a very modern thing and in that sense, Forest were probably 100 percent right not to pursue.
Mings is clearly improving Villa but they could feel the pinch of financial fair play if he doesn’t lead them to promotion.