Jay Tabb hails Tyrone Mings and their burgeoning partnership at Ipswich Town

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Jay Tabb has endorsed his burgeoning partnership with Tyrone Mings and tipped the youngster to star in a number of different positions at Portman Road.

The duo have been one of Town’s early-season success stories, with Tabb playing just in front of the rampaging Mings on the left-hand side.

Mings set up fellow full-back Jonathan Parr’s opening goal against Brighton on Tuesday, although he and his team-mate will have to deal with a 3-5-2 formation and wing-backs at the DW Stadium tonight, so could be more defensive.

As for Tabb, following an indifferent campaign last season, he has provided a disciplined foil for the youngster, filling in at left-back when needed.

“It’s just about talking and communication all over the pitch really, and Tyrone is good at that for a young lad, he is very vocal and tells me where he wants me to be,” said Tabb.

“He is one of those players that can play in any position and if he was to play on the left-wing, I am sure he would do good job as he is attack-minded, but he is also doing well defensively.

“As soon as I see those long legs going past me I just fill in at left-back and let him get on with it.

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“His final ball and end-product has definitely improved and he set the first goal up against Brighton.

“As as opposing full-back, you don’t really want to see him running at you as he is very strong and every time you see him in that final third, he looks to get past someone and get a cross in.”

Mings’ height has also seen the youngster earmarked as a potential centre-half of the future and former Coventry midfielder Tabb is sure the 21-year-old would be a success playing there too.

“The manager knows that he could play him at centre-back and he would be great there too,” said Tabb. “He has come from a lower level and he has taken his chance which is great to see.”

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