By Paul Robinson

5th Oct, 2021 | 12:00pm

Smith will regret 'big call' at Aston Villa after what pundit has seen

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith will regret starting Kortney Hause over Axel Tuanzebe against Tottenham, according to Paul Robinson.

The former Spurs and England number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed Tuanzebe, 23, would have dealt with the pace of Son Heung-min “a lot better” than Hause.

Hause was given the nod ahead of Tuanzebe on Sunday as Villa slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Tottenham.

Smith made no changes from the side which beat Manchester United for the trip to north London.

Therefore, summer signing Tuanzebe was named on the bench upon his return to the matchday squad.

Son exposed Hause’s lack of pace in the build up to Spurs’ winner and Robinson suggested the goal would have been avoided had Tuanzebe had been on the pitch instead.

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“I think that is a decision Dean Smith might regret,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.

“It was a big call to start Hause but it would’ve been a bigger call to drop him after he scored the winner against United.

“I really like Tuanzebe. I think he is a really good signing for Villa. He is a very good, young centre-half.

“When you look at the team Aston Villa were coming up against on Sunday, there was a lot of pace in it with the likes of Son.

“You would have to say that Tuanzebe would have dealt with Son’s pace a lot better than Hause did. Hindsight is a wonderful thing though.”

In other news, Kevin Phillips has shared a reveal on Aston Villa’s dressing room after a coffee with assistant manager Craig Shakespeare.