Danny Mills has lauded Tyrone Mings for tearing into Aston Villa teammate Anwar El Ghazi during the 0-0 draw with West Ham on Monday.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds and England defender says that it should be up to the players to call out their underperforming teammates rather than the manager and coaches.
Mings and El Ghazi had a verbal and physical confrontation in the first-half of Monday night’s clash, the centre-back rollicking the winger for not contributing defensively.
Mills says that such behaviour between teammates was commonplace during his time as a player and says that we should be seeing more footballers showing the same sort of attitude as the 26-year-old defender.
Asked if Mings was right to tear into El Ghazi, Mills told Football Insider: “Of course he is and that needs to happen, needs to happen more often a lot of the time.
“When I played, every game that thing was going on, players were digging each other out, making sure if someone wasn’t tracking back, making sure they did it next time. You have these confrontations on the pitch, the moment you leave you hold your hands up. There’s nothing wrong with that.
“You’re in it together, you’re a team, you’ve all got to pull your weight and if someone then too right, it shouldn’t be down to managers and coaches – it’s down to the players to dig each other out.”
Neither Mings nor El Ghazi were punished for the altercation, the attacker appearing to push his head into his teammate, as the Villans played out a 0-0 draw with West Ham.
Having had just under a week to let the incident blow over, Dean Smith and his men return to action with a trip to north London giants Arsenal, who are without a win in their last three games.