Aston Villa

Noel Whelan has slammed the “lack of professionalism” and “naivety” of the five Aston Villa employees who inadvertently leaked Jack Grealish’s injury news.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Premier League striker suggested Dean Smith will hold talks with the quintet and there will be “repercussions” for their actions.

The Athletic‘s David Ornstein reported players Matt Targett, Neil Taylor and Conor Hourihane (currently on loan at Swansea City), performance analyst Scott Adey-Linforth and physio Rob Marshall all took the Villa captain out of their Fantasy sides ahead of Sunday’s clash with Leicester City.

Information on Fantasy Premier League sides are available to the public and was tweeted out on Friday from various Fantasy scout accounts.

“You don’t want your team being leaked, it’s a disadvantage when people see that and it’s leaked out before the game starts that key players aren’t playing,” Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

“It shows a lack of professionalism and naivety from people at the club doing that to feel they can do it and it’s not going to get out there.

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“Now it’s out there, some serious chats need to be had with the manager and the people they trust in and around them.

“There will be a repercussion from that, I’m sure. It’s just an unprofessional attitude to have. 

“Social media should be kept away from people at football clubs. There’s no need for them to have it. I know it’s a bit of banter but it’s not banter when you’re losing football matches after leaking out the side. It becomes a bit more serious than that.”

Smith said after his side’s 2-1 loss to Leicester City on Sunday: “I was made aware that it came out on social media outlining he wasn’t going to play and, if it’s coming out of our training ground, I will find out where that’s coming from and reprimand who it’s coming from.”

In other news, Danny Mills has tipped an Aston Villa star for a pay cut amid Matty Cash latest.