Kevin Toner praises Aston Villa teammate Ciaran Clark

Aston Villa defender Kevin Toner has made two senior appearances this season.

Kevin Toner has told Aston Villa’s official site that Ciaran Clark is a player who he looks up to.

Toner has emerged as one of Villa’s brightest prospects this season, and he wears the captain’s armband for the club’s under-21 side.

The 19-year-old has been handed his first two senior Villa appearances recently, and he has managed to impress.

And Toner believes that part of the reason that he has been able to show his best is because of Clark’s guiding influence.

“Ciaran Clark is someone I look up to,” the youngster said. "He is my type of player. I like the way he plays.

"In the Championship, it's about making sure you do the basics as a defender. Ciaran is not someone who messes about. If there's a ball there to be won, he's going to make sure he does that.

Ciaran is determined to win every ball he goes in for - there's been examples of that with him over the past few seasons, with big performances and big tackles.

"That's the kind of never-say-die attitude you need in the Championship.

"He's an absolute quality guy to have around in the dressing room too.

"He always comes over and chats to me as a new lad in the group, he gives me advice and always has a friendly word for me.”

Clark is expected to stay with Villa over the summer, as they plan for life in the Championship.

The Claret and Blues are likely to make a huge amount of changes in the next transfer window, but Clark looks set to be part of their squad which attempts to bounce straight back from their impending relegation.

The Republic of Ireland international has made 22 appearances for Villa in all competitions this term.

Villa’s remaining fixtures this season come against Newcastle United and Arsenal, where they will be looking to pick up just their fourth league victory.

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