"Gareth is definitely the sort of player the young lads look up to. Craig Gardner said he looks up to Gareth and I'm not surprised.
"It's a wee bit like the Manchester United players of old stepping into the side and seeing Bryan Robson there for instance or a few years later seeing Roy Keane.
"He's already made over 300 appearances for Villa. That is a phenomenal record at just 27. That says it all really. He's been terrific for this club. The very fact that he has played so much under each manager speaks volumes."