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Would this Rumoured Transfer Target Fit in at Newcastle?

It is hard to imagine that not too long ago, Tyrone Mings was balancing an unremarkable footballing career at a level three tiers below the Conference with having to juggle multiple jobs to get by.


Currently plying his trade as a versatile defender at Ipswich, he is now faced with an embarrassment of riches- alleged suitors for his signature of late have included Chelsea and Arsenal.

However, in many ways, the cultured 21-year-old is the antithesis to the profit-driven, egoistic identikit of the modern-day footballer; he has been well-known for countless charitable acts and remains faithful to the religious values that were a fundamental to his upbringing by giving back to the community at every chance.

Mings’ footballing upbringing, on the other hand, involved an education at the same Southampton youth system that laid the groundwork for the likes of Luke Shaw, Theo Walcott and Gareth Bale. Despite his considerable height and frame, Mings has been deployed mostly as a left-back in an Ipswich side currently sitting 4th in the Championship.

He also possesses considerable athleticism and strength, meaning he should find no difficulty slotting in at the heart of the Newcastle defence just as easily as he can provide an attacking outlet on the overlap. With him in the side, Ipswich have shipped only 25 goals in his 27 appearances and the defender will undoubtedly prove vital as they push for Premier League promotion.

Thankfully for Ipswich, he has of late declared his desire to remain at the club at least until a formal offer comes along in spite of interest from Crystal Palace. However, it apparent that he will soon outgrow the club and move on to bigger things. If Newcastle are to persist with their investment in young English talent following the acquisition of Lascelles and Darlow by prying Mings away from Ipswich, they will indeed face stiff competition from a host of other interest Premier League clubs.

The Magpies will be hard-pressed to match the prestige and prices the likes of Chelsea might be prepared to pay. Should a transfer fall through, he will face stiff competition from Haidara, Santon and Dummett while vying for rights to the left-back berth, thereby potentially reducing his playing time at a stage in his career where he requires every match opportunity possible.

That said, a conversion to the centre-back role could well mean that Newcastle could relieve some of the pressure on the 33-year-old Coloccini, who has been struggling for form in a defence which has thus far conceded 35  goals- among the most in the 2014-15 campaign to date.

His versatility will be key to finding regular first-team football wherever he may choose to take his talents. Indeed, it would certainly not harm Newcastle to make an offer in the summer, but the prospects of contending with the elites of the Premier League means that the odds will be stacked against them.

Do you think he’d fit in?

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