'Difficult to control' - Whelan raves over Villa star who's 'Not scared' to make statement

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Noel Whelan has lauded Aston Villa Tyrone Mings for the way he dealt with the altercation between himself and Anwar El Ghazi on Monday night.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds striker says that emotions can be “difficult to control” on the pitch but that the 26-year-old defender did just that by not rising to his teammate’s attempted headbutt.

The duo came together in the clash against West Ham after Mings had shouted at the winger for his lack of defensive contribution, the attacker turning the confrontation physical.

Whelan says that Mings’ ability to rise above the incident and not escalate it further was impressive and insists that the defender will also praise his teammates when they are deserving of it.

Asked if he was impressed with how Mings dealt with the situation, Whelan told Football Insider: “Yeah, he pulled away from it, he didn’t rise to it. There’s a time and a place to have those discussions and it’s in the changing room.

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“I understand that in the heat of the moment, adrenaline’s flowing, tensions are high on the field it’s difficult to control them and that was one time he did that really. He’s got to show a little bit of togetherness in the camp.

“You’ll get the praise along with it from a player like Tyrone Mings, he’ll give you a pat on the back when you need it but he’s not scared. I like that, I like to see a player demanding more from his own players.” 

Mings has been a mainstay in the Villa defence since turning his loan move from last season permanent over the summer, Dean Smith naming him in every single starting Xi in the Premier League.

El Ghazi meanwhile has been in and out of the side, coming off the bench to score his first goal of the season in the win over Everton.

In other Aston Villa news, Alan Hutton has told Football Insider that one “outstanding” Villa star will be fretting behind the scenes.