James Chester: This intelligent footballer can help secure Aston Villa defence
By Danny Wright
James Chester believes that Mile Jedinak is more than capable of fulfilling his role in the centre of Aston Villa’s defence.
After injuries have plagued Steve Bruce’s squad, the ex-Crystal Palace man, who is usually utilised as a defensive midfielder, has had to slot in alongside Chester in the back line.
In his two games in the defensive live, Jedinak has helped Villa achieve two clean sheets in two matches.
Chester, who is enjoying his debut season at Villa Park since a summer move from bitter rivals West Bromwich Albion, believes that Jedinak’s versatility is more down to his experience rather than his physical attributes.
“Mile is a very intelligent footballer and he can play there or in midfield. I don’t think it [changing positions] is ever going to be an issue for him,” said Chester, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail.
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“He has been around the game long enough to know what positions he should be in. He has shown that the last two games and we have kept two clean sheets.
“Both of us have played a lot of games. We know our way around this league and we communicate pretty well. When we do that it makes it easier.”
Aston Villa have won five of their last six matches in the Championship which has elevated them away from the relegation zone up to 12th.
After missing the majority of Villa’s January and February fixtures, Jedinak has helped Villa achieve clean sheets in all of those victories.
In total, Jedinak has made 28 appearances for the Birmingham-based side this season while his defensive partner Chester scored his second goal for the club in the 2-0 win at Wigan on Saturday in his 38th outing.
In other Aston Villa news, this midfielder has admitted that he has held key talks with Bruce.