August 10, 2022

EPL: Steven Gerrard announces new Aston Villa captain

Aston Villa manager, Steven Gerrard has stripped Tyrone Mings of the captain’s armband and replaced him with John McGinn.

Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez is the new vice-captain, while Ashley Young is the club captain.

“Naturally, I have had to have a discussion with Tyrone Mings and have explained my reasons for making this decision.

“More importantly, I believe that not having the responsibility of the captaincy will allow Tyrone to focus more on his own game which can only benefit him and the team,” Gerrard said.

Mings, who was appointed by former boss Dean Smith, wrote on social media: “For me this isn’t about John or I, it’s about what’s right for Aston Villa.

“I have no issues with the manager’s decision; I’ve loved leading this team. Anyone who knows @jmcginn7 knows how infectious he is and it will be an honour to play underneath his captaincy.”

Mings now faces a fight to keep an automatic starting spot, with summer signing Diego Carlos joining him, Ezri Konsa and Calum Chambers in the centre-back positions.

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