Nathan Baker praises Ron Vlaar leadership

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
Read Next:
Preview: Aston Villa vs. West Brom
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

1Wolverhampton WanderersWolves28195450222862
2Derby CountyDerby28158544232153
3Cardiff CityCardiff28156740251551
4Aston Villa28148642251750
5Bristol City2813964032848
6Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd281441042321046
10Leeds UnitedLeeds28134114033743
11Preston North EndPreston28101263228442
12Ipswich TownIpswich28124124140140
13Norwich CityNorwich28107112833-537
14Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest28112153543-835
16Queens Park RangersQPR2889113140-933
17Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds28711103034-432
20Bolton WanderersBolton2868142646-2026
21Hull City28510133945-625
23Birmingham CityBirmingham2866161639-2324
24Burton Albion2866162152-3124
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account