Ron Vlaar praises the growing identity of Aston Villa’s squad

Vlaar believes that Aston Villa are starting to properly grow as a team after a rough season.

Villa’s campaign has started to enjoy an uplifting finish in recent weeks, and central defender Vlaar has told the official club website that he believes that the playing squad are starting to show an identity as a team.

The Dutch international said: “We now have more of an identity as a team. We came back from two-down against City and that said something about the team effort. It was frustrating that we still lost but if we had gone 2-0 down last season it would have been game over.

“Things have changed now.”

Since Tim Sherwood’s arrival at Villa Park, the Birmingham-based club are certainly showing a fight and character to themselves that was not apparent during the latter days of Paul Lambert’s reign.

There is a real urgency upon attacking football and the need to score goals, and this has played into the hands of a number of attacking players who were clearly being wasted in the stale football played under Lambert.

The former Spurs boss has overseen an amazing turnaround, and as Vlaar suggests, the 3-2 loss to Man City last week would have been game over when the first goal went in.

However, Villa fought back, and although they lost, it was hard to deny that they surely deserved at least a point from that game.

This weekend showed another outpouring of this identity that Villa now have, as they defeated Everton 3-2 with a display of incredible attacking football that was well worth the three points they picked up.

On current form, Villa will enter their FA Cup Final with Arsenal as real contenders for the trophy, and although the Gunners are undoubted favourites, no one will write their opponents off. Just weeks ago that would not have been the case, but Sherwood has overseen a mesmerising turnaround of a club who looked dead and buried during the latter days of Lambert’s managerial reign.

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