Nathan Baker praises Ron Vlaar leadership

Nathan Baker of Aston Villa in action with Romelu Lukaku of Everton during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Everton on October 26, 2013
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Aston Villa defender Nathan Baker reveals that club captain Ron Vlaar has helped his development at the club.

Aston Villa defender Nathan Baker has revealed that his game has improved since playing alongside club captain Ron Vlaar.

Baker has established himself as a regular part of Villa's defence this season, making 23 appearances in all competitions, and the academy graduate has admitted that a regular partnership with an experienced international has been a "big help".

The 22-year-old told the club's official website: "Playing alongside Ron is a big help. He's a full international and he helps me, both in training and in games.

"He's a leader, a great skipper, an excellent defender and I feel like I'm learning all the time alongside him in the back four."

Both players starred in the club's 1-0 victory over Premier League leaders Chelsea last weekend.

Paul Lambert, manager of Aston Villa gives instructions during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Aston Villa at Anfield on January 18, 2014
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