Aston Villa manager Dean Smith and assistant John Terry

Tyrone Mings has been dishing out plenty of “rollockings” to Aston Villa teammates in matches and in training at their Bodymoor Heath headquarters.

That is according to Noel Whelan, the ex-Leeds United and Coventry City striker who insists to Football Insider the giant defender is a “massive” figure in the dressing room.

Mings has been a talisman of the Villa defence that he has played a huge role in transforming since joining from Bournemouth in January on a loan that became permanent in the summer.

Mings won his first England cap last month and delivered an impressive display even though his side lost 2-1 to Liverpool in a Villa Park thriller on Saturday.

“Tyrone Mings is honest, a winner and a real leader,” Whelan told Football Insider. “I’ve seen him dish out plenty of rollockings in matches to his teammates and, from what I hear, he is doing exactly the same on the training ground.

“That’s the type of character he is, and every manager wants someone like that in the dressing room.

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“You need a player who ensures everyone else is on their toes and keeping their standards high. Mings is a massive figure for Villa, there’s no doubt about that.”

Mings, 26, has played the full 90 minutes of all 11 of Villa’s Premier League matches this season.

Since signing in January, he has made 29 appearances for the club and emerged as a big favourite of the club’s supporters.

In other Aston Villa news, Paul Robinson has been gushing to Football Insider over a Villa star who “eyebrows were raised over”.