Lambert: Weimann and Baker must kick on next season
Paul Lambert has urged Andi Weimann and Nathan Baker to kick on next season.
Weimann and Baker both penned new deals this summer after outstanding campaigns in claret and blue.
Weimann signed a three-year contract after being a focal point in Villa's attacking impetus during 2012-13, scoring 12 goals in 38 appearances.
Baker also penned a three-year deal having made 30 appearances in the heart of the Villa defence, alongside the likes of Ron Vlaar and Ciaran Clark.
Lambert rewarded both men but told them to keep progressing when the new term starts in August.
He said: "They have got to kick on again. There is no point in doing it for one year and then resting.
"You have to go again then again and again.
"Every year you have to step up to the plate and this year will be no different.
"The lads have done great but you have to kick on again and not rest on it.
"If they do that then hopefully their careers will keep going the right way.
"They are young enough lads so they've got so many years ahead of them. The platform is there for them in terms of what they did last season."
Lambert also believes Weimann and Baker will act as role models for the young academy players coming through the ranks, like Graham Burke, Samir Carruthers and Michael Drennan.
Weimann and Baker have proved integral parts of the senior set-up and Lambert thinks this will provide encouragement for those coming next.
He added: "I think it is important you've got that continuity there where the young lads maybe see something.
"I suppose younger kids would probably look at it and think we've got a chance here if we're good enough and step up really. I'm pretty sure that would happen."
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