Undervalued figure: Aston Villa have been crying out for this player for the past seven years
COMMENT by Amir Mir
It was February 14 and Aston Vila had just suffered their fifth consecutive defeat in the Championship, this time at the hands of Barnsley on home soil.
Steve Bruce was coming under increasing pressure from the supporters who were going through yet another season of struggle following relegation last term.
Fast forward to April 4 and the mood around Villa Park has been lifted with the Midlands outfit winning seven out of their last eight matches.
The likelihood is that another season in the second tier of English football beckons for Bruce’s side, but there is now confidence and belief amongst the Holte End faithful that the fortunes of the club are turning around.
Australian powerhouse Mile Jedinak has been a massive driving force behind that, both on and off the field, as the energetic and stylish Jonathan Kodjia bangs in the goals.
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The 32-year-old has been that rock in front of a Villa backline that has kept seven clean sheets in their last nine matches.
Prior to that, the £4million summer signing from Crystal Palace was on the sidelines because of an injury with Villa picking up only one point in those seven matches – he only played in one of those games.
However, his presence in the middle of the park and in the dressing room has lifted a side that was seriously low on confidence.
There is no doubt that the undervalued midfielder has been a bargain buy for Villa and is a player that the club have been crying out for in the last seven years.
Jedinak’s strengths are his ability to read the game, break up play, leadership and most importantly be able to bring the best out of those around him.
Even though he was a different player to Jedinak, Villa have not had that type of talker and leader in front of the backline since Stiliyan Petrov.
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