'Cut that out' - Exclusive: Darren Bent issues warning to Villa 26-yr-old 'punished' v Spurs


Aston Villa star Tyrone Mings needs to eradicate his lapses in concentration from his game if he is going to establish himself as a Premier League quality defender, according to Darren Bent.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Villa and England striker says that the former Bournemouth star looked solid for the majority of the opening day fixture versus Tottenham but that he was punished for a lack of focus.

The Villans’ return to the Premier League ended in a 3-1 defeat to the north London heavyweights, John McGinn having given Dean Smith and his men the lead.

Bent says that the 26-year-old demonstrated he has the physical capabilities to succeed but that he has got to show better concentration to prove his worth as a top-flight defender.

Asked by Football Insider if he needs to rid his game of mistakes, Bent said: “Yeah, he does because a lot of people are going to point back to his time at Bournemouth, I know he played left-back a lot, and they’re going to say he looked really comfortable at Championship level.

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“He’s gone to the Premier League with Aston Villa and looked comfortable for large spells. The difference between the Championship and the Premier League is you can’t afford to switch off once, the moment you do, you get punished.

“If he can cut those lapses of concentration out then yeah, he’ll be totally fine.”

Mings was a crucial member of the squad which earned promotion to the Premier League last season, having arrived from Bournemouth on loan during the January transfer window.

He played 18 times for the Villans on the way to play-off glory, while the game against Tottenham was his 18th Premier League appearance.

In other Aston Villa news, Noel Whelan has told Football Insider that Dean Smith made a big blunder which he will have to learn from against Spurs.