By Paul Robinson

3rd Nov, 2021 | 12:00pm

Pundit fears Smith on brink of Aston Villa sack after 'big call' goes wrong

Paul Robinson is baffled by Aston Villa manager Dean Smith’s decision to drop Tyrone Mings.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Premier League goalkeeper said the “big call” shows Smith’s position at Villa Park is under pressure.

Mings was named as a substitute for the first time this season as Villa crashed to a 4-1 defeat at home to West Ham.

As quoted by the Express and Star (November 1st), Smith said the reason the centre-half was dropped is because “he has not been at the top of his game.”

As revealed by Football Insider (October 22nd), Dean Smith’s position is under “huge” scrutiny by club chiefs.

The Claret and Blue have lost their last four Premier League games.

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When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of Smith’s team selection, Robinson said: “It was a big call to drop Mings.

“It just goes to show that he is under pressure at the moment.

“Mings is an England international and their captain.

“Listen, if he’s not been performing or doing right in training then Smith had his reasons for dropping him. But, you need your best players and your senior players when times get tough.

“Leaving Mings out of the team is certainly not a call I would have made. You could see the effect Mings had when he eventually came onto the pitch. He got the armband on and immediately starting leading by example.”

In other news, Kevin Phillips has made a ‘huge’ Aston Villa-Smith sack claim after ‘speaking to Craig Shakespeare’.