Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

Baker Signs Professional Contract

Baker Signs Professional Contract

Nathan Baker is yet another in a long line of exciting prospects to come through the club's youth academy.

The club have announced the 17-year-old has secured his first professional contract, a three year deal.

Nathan has impressed with solid performances for the Under-18s and Reserve teams and it would now appear he is on the verge of breaking into the first team. With Craig Gardner, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Isaiah Osbourne already involved in the first team, Baker will be hoping like Nathan Delfouneso will be, that he is given a chance this season.

Under-18 coach Tony McAndrew had this to say about the talented defender - 'He is a young lad who we've had at the club for a few years,' said the youth coach. 'He struggled with injuries in his first six months and missed a bit of training. But since last Christmas, he's worked his socks off and has become an aggressive, positive defender.'

I have been lucky enough to see this lad during pre-season and he reminds me of Martin Laursen, big and strong in the middle and good in the air. He played Centre Back against Walsall and was very solid, i am told he is just as good at Left Back.

McAndrew is also impressed by his attitude - 'You can't teach people to want to put their head in there and win a football challenge. He wants to do that and for a defender that's a fantastic quality. He wants to put his body on the line. He enjoys defending and I find it very refreshing to see that.'

With so many talented youngsters already in the side, Baker has got a real chance of being part of the Villa team.




Win £1,000,000 every week with Man of the Match®

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Dan Jones
Date:Tuesday September 16 2008
Time: 12:45PM

Comments

0
How much bread is he on?
lerneravfc
16/09/2008 12:53:00
0
rationed to half a loaf a day I think.
jonah
16/09/2008 13:02:00
0
He doesnt eat bread, on the Atkins Diet.
young_jonah
16/09/2008 13:10:00
0
Warburton's wholemeal.
johnnyuk
16/09/2008 13:12:00
0
He looked like a really exciting prospect at Bescott in pre season. Good luck Nathan. May your Villa career be long and full of silverware.
Adam Deuce
16/09/2008 14:26:00
0
Cant help but think this lad will be replacing Laursen in 2 or 3 years, he is a very similar player. Be interested to see what Glensider thinks of the lad.
young_jonah
16/09/2008 14:39:00
0
The club Kneeds players like him, the youth team seem to be on a bit of a roll. I will be interested to see if Butcher and Candlestick Maker come through too.
col8
18/09/2008 02:57:00
0
I like this kid, from what little I've seen of him, youth team and reserves. Lot of potential, improving all the time. Another one for the future, we can but hope. You might not be too far off the mark there young_jonah. He certainly looks the part. Still a lot to learn, but the early indications are promising.
glensider
18/09/2008 12:40:00
0
Must be I'm getting old and decrepid of mind Col. Took me a couple of minutes to work that one out.
glensider
18/09/2008 12:45:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Aston Villa Articles

FA Youth Cup - Villa v Coventry

The third round of the FA Youth Cup kicks off tonight with Aston Villa hosting Coventry City and the game should be screened live on youtube.

Adomah & Taylor Post Millwall

Couple of post Millwall interviews from Aston Villa duo Albert Adomah and Neil Taylor.

Johnstone In Team Of The Week (12/12/17)

Aston Villa are represented in the latest Football League team of the week that has been selected after this week's action.

Spurs To Re-call Josh Onomah In January?

Surely not? I can't see he's ready for the top half of the Premiership, can you?

Aston Villa Archived Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Editor email
Profile
Mike Field
Editor email
Profile
Steve Wade
no email
Profile
JuanPablo Angel
no email
Profile
Glensider
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Where will Villa finish?
Suggested By: JP Fear
Top two19%
Play offs 35%
Outside the playoffs46%
How the hell do I know?0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Raikkonen had enough of playing backup to Vettel?
Latest Vital Boxing News
Corcoran Defeated by Horn in WBO Title Fight
Vital Football Comment

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.JuanPabloAngel186
2.Pride of Lions158
3.HeathfieldRoad1874156
4.The Fear140
5.BodyButter133
6.sirdennis107
7.mike_field77
8.Melon Donkey74
9.Villan Of The North73
10.McParlandTheGreat64
Write for Vital Football