Leandro Bacuna explains the effect an in-form Ron Vlaar has on Aston Villa

Aston Villa star Leandro Bacuna has explained the importance of a fit Ron Vlaar for the first team.

Leandro Bacuna has told the Aston Villa website that things change when Ron Vlaar lines up as captain of the team.

Vlaar will be a key player for Villa over the rest of the season as the key defender for Tim Sherwood in the heart of the back four in all games.

“He's a huge player for us. He's the leader of the team as the captain and he's a top-class centre-half,” said Vlaar’s fellow Dutchman.

“It can help every player in the team to see Ron line up with us. He has that presence, he has big experience and he has the quality.”

“I think seeing Ron next to you in the team, it gives you big confidence.”

Vlaar needs to help the whole side embrace the challenge of trying to pull the side further away from the bottom three in the Premier League.

He’s an important figure because he’s an important, strong defender, but also has the pressure to lead by example in big games.

When key matches don’t start as Tim Sherwood will be hoping, Vlaar becomes the boss on the pitch and the player that others look to when heads start to drop.

They have been in good form and will be confident heading into the game against Manchester United this weekend, despite defeat in their last fixture before the international break against Swansea.

If Vlaar is fit and plays well, Aston Villa often play well and if he can also chip in with the occasional goal at the other end, his importance only increases, but he needs to do his basic job consistently for the rest of the season.

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