Crystal Palace interest didn’t faze Ipswich Town’s Tyrone Mings, who admits he’s playing with no fear

Tyrone Mings

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He attracted a big-money bid from Crystal Palace on transfer deadline day, and you get the feeling that a move to the Premier League wouldn’t have fazed Tyrone Mings.

That bid is water under the bridge now, although there are sure to be potential suitors in January for the young left-back, whose fearless attitude is proving to be one of his biggest assets right now.

Signed from Chippenham almost two years ago, for £10,000, Mings’ value has risen astronomically since he replaced Aaron Cresswell in the summer, following the Liverpudlian’s own big-money switch, to West Ham.

The 21-year-old never looked out of place when called upon last season, but his determination to improve his own game – highlighted by his summer of training at the Michael Johnson Sprint School – has seen him work on his attacking attributes, meaning the blow of Cresswell’s exit has been significantly softened.

He was immense, once again, at Nottingham Forest, on Sunday, timing three first-half tackles to perfection before setting up Daryl Murphy’s second goal with a peach of a cross.

“At the beginning of the season, I started a bit slow, but I have really kicked on and Mick McCarthy has shown good confidence in me over what happened in the transfer window, and that has shown in my performances,” said Mings.

“The manager always said to me that I would get a chance if Cresswell went, for being so patient, but when that did happen, all of a sudden the pressure changed to me keeping the shirt rather than getting in the team.

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“Everything has happened at a good time and Cresswell left at a good stage in my development.

“In terms of my performance, I am performing a lot better going forward and I have shown no fear, rather than trying not to make mistakes. I am taking the game to them (opponents) and having more of an imposing effect.

“I have not done anything different in terms of my play, I have just loosened up.”

Mings could have easily have been at Hull, rather than the City Ground at the weekend, had Ipswich accepted a bid from the Eagles, but the youngster is happy to have remained at Portman Road and is honest enough to admit that a switch to Palace may not have been the best move.

“It didn’t faze me, I spoke to the manager (McCarthy) over the weekend and he said, ‘I don’t know if they put a bid in, or what it is, but whatever it is, I am not letting you go’,” revealed Mings.

“That was it really although it gave me confidence going into the next few games, that people were prepared to pay money for me and take that gamble I guess, on a player that had not played in the Premier League, so early in his career.

“There’s pros and cons, going there (Palace).

“Would I have got in the team straight away? I doubt it.

“Would I have got the development that I will probably get at Ipswich? Probably not.

“As nice as it would have been to go into the Premiership, Mick McCarthy and Terry Connor here have definitely got my best interests at heart, and I can’t think of two better people to help me with my development. I think I get that here better than anywhere else.”

He added: “Promotion with Ipswich would be the goal and if I can help the club get there then everyone wins.”

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