By Matt Farr

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has hailed Mile Jedinak and claimed he is “delighted” to be able to call upon the midfield ace.

The 32-year-old Australia international has earned rave reviews at Villa Park this season, and put in another impressive display in the victory over Wigan on Saturday.

Jedinak has been a central figure for Steve Bruce this season, making 16 appearances in all competitions, following his move from Crystal Palace in August.

In comparison to midfield partner Ashley Westwood, Jedinak has won more tackles, made more interceptions, made more blocks, and won more aerial duels on average per game, according to Squawka.

Bruce has hailed his consistency, adding that the midfield enforcer’s displays often slip under the radar. He told the club’s official website: “Mile drives the team on in that central midfield area.

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“He’s been a very good player all his career and we’re delighted to get him. He’s got very good leadership skills and in that respect has led the team very well. He’s got that silent, steely determination and he’s played very well.

“We asked him to play a different role in the second half against Wigan, and he did it with no fuss.”

Aston Villa are currently 13th in the Championship after 20 games, just four points off the play-off places. Bruce’s side have lost just once since the former Hull and Sunderland man took over at Villa Park.

They face promotion rivals Norwich on Tuesday night, with both sides looking to close the gap on league leaders Newcastle – who are currently have 11 points between themselves and the final play-off spot.

In other Aston Villa news, Bruce is looking to make a £10 millon January move for this international star.