Nathan Baker

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Date of Birth: 23 April 1991
Place of Birth: Worcester, England
Nationality: England
Position: Defence
Year Signed: 2004
Signed From: YTS

Nathan Baker joined Villa as a 13 year old in 2004. He made his debut season for the Academy side in 2007, where he formed a formidable partnership with Ciaran Clark. Villa finished as National Champions after being Manchester City in the final that season. He made 23 appearances for the Academy side and scored 1 goal during his first season. He also made 7 appearances for the reserve side, and scored 2 goals.

During pre-season 2008, Baker travelled with the first team to Switzerland and took part in both fixture against FC Wil and FC Zurich. He made the bench for the UEFA Cup Qualifying games against Odense Boldklub and Hafnarfjaoar.

He joined League 2 side Lincoln City on loan in October 2009, joining fellow Villa defender Eric Lichaj. He impressed during his month loan at the Imps and extended his deal until the end of the season. He went on to make 18 league games for Lincoln, after making his debut against Torquay United at Sincil Bank.

Nathan was banned from the League Cup final in February 2010 after he attempted to sell tickets on Facebook for £200 each. He later admitted to regretting his actions.

He made his first team debut against Wigan in January 2011. In his second start for the club, he made an assist and was also sent off after a dangerous challenge in the FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Blackburn Rovers. He made his second league start for Villa against Blackburn, for the second time against the Rovers he failed to finish the match as this time he was taken off injured.

During the 2012-13 season Nathan began to establish himself in the first team as he impressed alongside the more experienced Ron Vlaar. Baker did make mistakes including an horrendous own goal, swinging his right foot at the ball, missing it completely and it ricocheted in off his standing left foot but come the end of the season he was regarded by some of the Aston Villa faithful as the clubs best defender.

In May 2013, the defender signed a new three year deal keeping him at the club until 2016.

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