By Kevin Phillips

4th Oct, 2021 | 5:00pm

Phillips shares Aston Villa dressing room reveal after 'coffee with Shakespeare'

Kevin Phillips has revealed morale in the Aston Villa dressing room is high following a sit-down with assistant manager Craig Shakespeare.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Claret and Blue striker applauded the club for the way in which they have handled the departure of Jack Grealish.

Villa lost 2-1 at Tottenham on Sunday to leave them 10th in the Premier League heading into the international break.

Speaking to BBC Sport after the defeat, Dean Smith said “outstanding” Spurs winger Son Heung-min was the difference between the two sides.

Villa were without big-money signings Leon Bailey and Morgan Sanson for the trip to north London because of injury.

When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the Villa’s start to the season, Phillips said:

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“I was lucky enough to bump into Craig Shakespeare on a jog the other day. We sat down and had a coffee.

“I won’t go into detail but it was nice to catch up. He said the feeling amongst the group is really good at the moment.

“Of course, they got that fantastic win against Manchester United which will give the squad a lot of belief.

“They’ve got a couple of injuries to key players but that is why you have a big squad. That is why they invested in the summer.

“There’s a good feel around Villa at the moment, even though they lost Grealish in the summer. Everyone’s high on confidence.”

In other news, an ex-Villa star has backed a striker to sign a new Aston Villa deal ‘right away’ after a source’s January update.