Tyrone Mings may be stripped of the Aston Villa captaincy this summer, according to Danny Mills.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds United and England defender insisted the 29-year-old needed to “be better” if he wanted to retain the armband next season.
As quoted by the Guardian last week (8 April), Steven Gerrard revealed he is yet to decide who will be his long-term skipper.
He suggested the club could sign a new leader in the summer as part of a major overhaul.
Mings has worn the armband since the beginning of the season after Jack Grealish’s £100million move to Man City last summer (2021).
“The captaincy is not what it used to be, we all appreciate that,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“But your captain has to be one of the first names on the teamsheet, he’s got to be playing every week. That’s one of the things you look for, if he’s fit, he plays.
“Maybe with Tyrone Mings’ form, Gerrard is thinking ‘Maybe he’s not going to start, if I’ve got another option then maybe he’s not a guaranteed starter, therefore, I might have to think about it’.
“The captaincy is more a commercial thing now, a little bit of kudos. It’s not the role it once was.
“My argument would be, be better. It’s harsh but elite sport is harsh.
“If you don’t want to lose your place in the team play better. We always used to think I’m not going to give away my shirt once I’ve got it, someone is going to have to rip it off my back.
“If you’re playing the best that you can and you’re not good enough, then you’re not good enough. You accept your level. We can’t all be world-class players.
“If you’re underperforming you’ve got to look at yourself and that’s nobody’s fault but your own.”
By: Danny Mills
Title: Mings may be stripped of Aston Villa captaincy after news – pundit
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Published Date: Sat, 16 Apr 2022 12:00:00 +0000