"Barry's shown enough, either coming on or starting, and he's given us something a bit different," Clough told the Derby Evening Telegraph.
"He can fill a number of positions. If Kris Commons wasn't fit, he could go and play off the front man or go wide left or wide right or even in the centre of midfield. So he's a good little player to have around.
"We will be getting in touch with Villa to see if we can extend the loan."