The Irish defender has made three appearances for the club since being promoted to the first-team last month.
Toner, 19, has established himself as one of Villa’s top prospects since arriving from Irish outfit Home Farm in 2012 and was rewarded for his impressive Under-21 performances last month with a call-up to the senior squad.
The physical defender, who can play at centre-half or left-back, subsequently made his first-team debut as a half-time substitute in the 4-2 home defeat to Southampton and has since started the past two games against Watford and Newcastle United.
His displays in the narrow 3-2 loss at Vicarage Road and Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Villa Park earned some impressive reviews from fans and the media alike, and the Republic of Ireland Under-19 international is now expected to be an important part of the club’s plans for next season’s Championship campaign.
Lyden has certainly not been surprised to see his Under-21 teammate transition so seamlessly to the first-team setup and believes his commitment and desire will make him a huge asset to the claret and blues in the second tier.
“I’m really happy for Kev,” the 20-year-old midfielder told AVTV. “He’s done extremely well for the Under-21s and also had a loan spell with Kidderminster [earlier this season].
“I’m buzzing for him. He had a really good full debut against Watford, but even when he came on against Southampton he looked the part, so I’m over the moon for him.
“He’s got a very good attitude – a never-say-die attitude – and I think that’s what we need.
“Especially next year, we’re going to need fighters in the group. Ciaran Clark is another one who’s very similar. Kev’s a very committed player, which is I feel what’s needed. He’s always at it in training and always gives it his all.”
Lyden has also played his way into the Villa first-team this season after producing some eye-catching displays for the Under-21s, making five total appearances – including his first Premier League start in last month’s 2-1 defeat to Bournemouth.
The 20-year-old Australian has not featured in the club’s last five games, but he feels he is ready to play a key role in their promotion push next term under a new manager.
“Next season hopefully I can play a lot more,” Lyden told AVTV. “I feel I’m ready. I’ve got some minutes under my belt this season, which I’ve been very happy with.
“It’s been more than I expected really, but I’ve got to keep working hard and push on from there.”