Sky Sports pundit claims Aston Villa star is key to Championship resurgence
By Will Butcher
David Prutton believes Aston Villa have signed a player in Mile Jedinak who can cope with the pressures of playing at a big club.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Prutton claimed Jedinak is of vital importance to Villa as he possesses both Premier League and international experience.
“Villa needed a player capable of shouldering the responsibility of playing centre-midfield for such a big club.” Prutton said.
“And they have found one in Jedinak. He has Premier League and international experience, which is important for a team resurgent under Steve Bruce.”
Australia captain Jedinak signed for the Midlands giants back in August from Crystal Palace for around £4million, despite being 32 years of age.
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Sitting at the base of the midfield alongside Gary Gardner in Steve Bruce’s 4-2-3-1 system, Jedinak has shone as he provides a combative edge to Villa’s attacking side.
Jedinak starred against Wigan at Villa Park on Saturday, as he played a pivotal role in Villa’s first clean sheet in six games during the 1-0 win.
After making 15 appearances for the relegated Premier League side, Jedinak is expected to feature against Norwich on Tuesday night as Villa look to claw in their Championship rivals and achieve a play-off spot this season.
Bruce’s side were up against it after a dismal start to the campaign that saw them win once in their opening 12 league and cup encounters.
Currently in 13th, a win against Norwich at Carrow Road could see Villa rise in to the play-off places if other results go their way.
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