Kevin Phillips has urged Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings to hold crunch talks with the rest of the squad after he spoke about how “passive” they have been.

The former Villa and Sunderland striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the centre-back should be warning his teammates that their lack of fight at times could be their downfall.

Mings said after the draw against Brighton that the Villans need to “impose ourselves on teams” after what he described as a “passive” first half.

Phillips says that as a senior member of the dressing room, Mings should be getting his teammates together and telling them that their attitude needs to improve if they are to stay in the league.

Phillips told Football Insider: “He’s in and around the dressing room, if he feels that then that might be one for him to hold a meeting with the players and say: ‘This is not acceptable, we need to do something about it.’

“If you’re passive in the Premier League against the quality, you will get turned over.”

Mings has been a mainstay for Dean Smith since making his loan move from Bournemouth permanent over the summer, playing 21 times across all competitions.

He helped the Villans to an important 2-1 win over Watford in midweek, deflecting Ezri Konsa’s shot into the back of the net to hand the home side an injury-time winner.

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