Tyrone Mings speaks to the The Telegraph

This is the first interview Tyrone has done with national media since pulling out of an appearance on talkSPORT over the radio station’s coverage of the alleged racial abuse Raheem Sterling suffered at Chelsea.

Tyrone Mings finishes describing the “awful” homeless shelter he, his sisters and his mother were forced into when he was a child, by saying the memory now makes him smile.

Not because there was anything fond about the experience – the only positive recollection he has is of his mother allowing him to paint a pattern on the bath. But because, like the defender’s mental health battle, it allows him to relate to people who need help.

On the pitch, Mings is helping Aston Villa towards the Championship play-offs after joining the club on loan from Bournemouth on the final day of the January transfer window.

He has instantly become a fans’ favourite with a series of commanding displays, but the 26-year-old’s sense of social responsibility is even more striking than the leadership qualities that have helped revive Villa’s promotion bid.

The public acts of kindness have been well documented. Mings spent part of his Christmas Day feeding the homeless when he was a 20-year-old at Ipswich Town, donated his complimentary match tickets to ‘skint’ fans, bought new shirts for supporters after changing his number and paid off his mother’s debts.

But what has not been so clear until now is why Mings has such empathy for people in need of assistance.

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CREDIT: telegraph.co.uk – Matt Law, football news correspondent