Villa monster’s nightmare cost Dean Smith big time, some fans slammed his “arrogance” – opinion

Whilst Jack Grealish has been the undisputed talisman this season for Aston Villa, Tyrone Mings has seen his star rise considerably too.

The 6 foot 5 defender has earned himself a couple more caps for England, and has been a big part of why Dean Smith’s side have generally been solid at the back – before the game against Brighton on Saturday afternoon, they had conceded just nine goals in their opening seven Premier League games.

And after thrashing Arsenal 3-0 last time out, Villa would have headed into the clash against the Seagulls full of confidence. An opportunity to head right to the summit of the table was in their hands, but a hugely disappointing display put an end to that.

No-one was arguably more disappointing than Mings. As well as being caught far too high for Brighton’s opening goal when Danny Welbeck raced clear from just inside the Villa half, he just didn’t seem to be able to hand the Seagulls’ attacking movement.

On a couple of occasions he was caught napping by the darting Neal Maupay, and Emiliano Martinez had to bail him out. Then there was the quite unbelievable attempted back-pass that just went straight out for a corner.

It led some Villa fans to take to Twitter to question his performance, with a few even suggesting that his display was full of arrogance. A couple of supporters claimed that his Brighton howler was almost unsurprising, and that he seems to look well off it after coming back from international duty with England.

Saturday was a perfect opportunity for Villa to keep their momentum going, but after doing the hard work of beating a top four contender in Arsenal away from home, they completely blew it by losing to Brighton in their own back yard.

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