Villa hero Teale big fan of Baker

Former Aston Villa defender Shaun Teale is delighted seeing Nathan Baker sign new terms. The young centre-half penned a new three-year deal last week.

Former Aston Villa defender Shaun Teale is delighted seeing Nathan Baker sign new terms.

The young centre-half penned a new three-year deal last week.

Teale told the Birmingham Mail: “I sort of see him as being a bit like me when I first went there. Just go and stick your head into everything. You’d want to win the ball possibly, in a sense, too much.

“I certainly made mistakes when I first arrived. I’d have run through a brick wall to get in the first team and stay there.

“Fans appreciate that kind of attitude and he will get a strong rapport with them by doing that.

“I went in for challenges I shouldn’t have, because I was never going to win them and I was always going to give a free kick away.

"But you just back yourself and think ‘I’m going to win it’ – and then think ‘I wish I hadn’t gone in now’.

“He’s one of those, he’s very much like I was, he loves a challenge and he loves a tackle.

“But he’s got a bit about him as well. He can play, he’s got a cool head at times when he needs to put his foot on the ball and play.”

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