Jores Okore praises Ron Vlaar influence

Villa's Ron Vlaar is congratulated by team mate Christian Benteke after scoring his team's second goal against Malaga during a friendly match on August 10, 2013
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Aston Villa defender Jores Okore praises captain Ron Vlaar's leadership last season.

Aston Villa defender Jores Okore has praised the influence that captain Ron Vlaar had on the team last season.

The Villans managed to seal their Premier League survival with two games left to play following a turbulent campaign.

Despite Villa's struggle for positive results, Okore admits that Vlaar's leadership played a big part in the club staying up.

"I have been really impressed with him – as a defender and as a skipper," he told the Express & Star.

"He's the rock of the defence. Everyone looks up to him. He always works very hard every day at the training ground. He takes responsibility for everything on the pitch."

Okore played just four games for Villa last season before suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury.

Aston Villa player Jores Okore in action during the Capital One Cup second round match between Aston Villa and Rotherham at Villa Park on August 28, 2013
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