Thursday media watch [10.04.14 AM]: Defender handed backing
Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert reckons Villa's whispering warrior Nathan Baker is quietly improving this season as he strives to cut defensive lapses from his game. Villa's goals-against column has taken a bit of a hammering in recent weeks with ten conceded in three successive Premier League defeats.
Birmingham Mail: Joe Bennett has confessed it has taken him longer than he thought to adapt to playing in the Premier League with Villa. The 24-year-old left-back has endured a challenging time since signing from Championship club Middlesbrough the summer before last.
Mirror: Ashley Westwood says Aston Villa need to rediscover the attitude showed in last season's battle against the drop. Villa have lost three successive games since beating Chelsea to slip to 13th - just two points above 17th-placed Norwich.
Daily Star: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has urged fans to lay off under-fire forward Andreas Weimann, 22.
Best Of The Rest
Mirror: Manchester United supremo Ed Woodward will stay in Germany overnight in a bid to thrash out a deal for Bayern Munich star Toni Kroos.
Daily Telegraph: Louis van Gaal is free to hold talks with Tottenham Hotspur about becoming their next head coach while he finalises Holland's World Cup squad.
Daily Star: Arsenal will monitor Jay Rodriguez's recovery having joined the race to sign him before he suffered the knee injury that shattered his World Cup dream.
Metro: Belgium boss Marc Wilmots has backed Eden Hazard to leave Chelsea and join PSG in the summer - in order to become a better player.
*The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not necessarily reflect the views of Aston Villa.