Ron Vlaar

Name:
Ron Vlaar
Nationality:
Dutch
Date of Birth:
16/02/1985
Height:
6' 2" (189cm)
Weight:
12st 6lbs (79.0kg)
Previous Clubs:
Feyenoord, AZ Alkmaar, AZ Alkmaar
Position:
Defender


Ron Vlaar struggled for fitness in the 2014-15 season - but showed his quality when he did take the field in claret and blue.

The Dutchman began well, impressing alongside Philippe Senderos in the early weeks of the campaign.

But a troublesome calf injury kept him out for prolonged spells throughout the season.

He missed blocks of matches and Villa were thankful for the form of Ciaran Clark and Jores Okore during these periods.

His standout matches were undoubtedly in the closing weeks of the season.

Vlaar was man of the match in the 1-0 victory at Tottenham and also impressed in the 2-1 FA Cup semi-final win over Liverpool.

He was strong and sturdy in the vital double header against Everton and West Ham - which saw Villa pick up a vital six points in their survival fight.

Vlaar's season - which saw nine ever-present games in succession - ended in a 4-0 loss in the FA Cup final to Arsenal - although he and Okore earned praise from boss Tim Sherwood for their resolute defending.

Vlaar, from Hensbroek in Holland, joined Villa in August 2012.

He followed fellow Eredivise stars Karim El Ahmadi and Brett Holman in heading to B6.

The commanding centre-half was a cult hero at Feyenoord before his move to Villa.

Concrete Ron was appointed captain at Villa soon after his arrival although he's been succeeded by Fabian Delph this past season.

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