Noel Whelan has lauded Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings for the way he dealt with the altercation between himself and Anwar El Ghazi on Monday night, via Football Insider.
The former Leeds United frontman admitted that emotions can be “difficult to control” when football is concerned, but Mings reacted well when his teammate Anwar El Ghazi leant in for a headbutt after an on-pitch disagreement against West Ham.
Mings, who was recently called up to Gareth Southgate’s senior England squad, appeared to shout at El Ghazi for not tracking back during the goalless draw with the Hammers at Villa Park.
However, the Netherlands international seemed to take exception to that and retaliated by pushing his head towards Mings’, as if to inflict a headbutt on the Englishman.
When asked if he was impressed with how Mings dealt with the situation, Whelan said: “Yeah, he pulled away from it, he didn’t rise to it. There’s a time and a place to have those discussions and it’s in the changing room.
“I understand that in the heat of the moment, adrenaline’s flowing, tensions are high on the field, it’s difficult to control them and that was one time he did that really. He’s got to show a little bit of togetherness in the camp.
“You’ll get the praise along with it from a player like Tyrone Mings, he’ll give you a pat on the back when you need it but he’s not scared. I like that, I like to see a player demanding more from his own players.” (per Football Insider).
Mings dealt with the situation perfectly on Monday night, he didn’t rise to it and sorted things out behind closed doors, something which may have been hard to do in the heat of the moment.
El Ghazi looks the foolish one in the situation, and has now hopefully learned his lesson, even if it was the hard way.
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