Socceroos fans have understood Mile Jedinak to be a strong, tackling defensive midfielder, but during his time at Aston Villa he has been used in a variety of roles.
With his contract set to expire in the English summer, it appears Jedinak’s time at Villa Park could be set to come to an end.
Reports in the Sydney Morning Herald last month suggested A-League hopefuls Macarthur South West Sydney had already entered negotiations with Jedinak about a deal should they be admitted into the competition.
Supporter group the Claret Villians believe he will not be offered a new deal by Villa, with a new club possibly on the cards for the ex-Socceroos skipper.
“Jedi’s contract runs out this coming summer and he obviously won’t be returning,” they told dailyfootballshow.com
“He moved to centre-back under Villa’s former manager Steve Bruce, serving as third-choice this season.
“That’s where he is right now under Dean Smith as well, mostly out of necessity as Villa have just two natural central-defenders, (and he) hasn’t gotten a look in midfield yet either.”
Currently Jedinak is close to returning to full fitness, as Villa head into the busy Christmas period as they aim for a return to the Premier League.
While Jedinak does not loom as a regular starter, the supporter group are hopeful the 34-year-old does not attempt to leave the club in the winter transfer window.
“I think he should just stick it out as he can still be a valuable contributor the next seven months, both on and off the pitch. But if Villa bring in a defender in January, he could be free to leave then,” they explained.
Despite having shown an ability to play several positions as required, Jedinak has made just nine league appearances this season – although he has faced injury issues.
And where Jedinak’s best fit in the Villa team is remains to be seen as he has been largely used as a centre-back recently, much to the frustration of club supporters.
“He’s not a very good centre-back. He did not show well in the eight or so matches he played in,” the supporter group explained when asked about Jedinak’s performances.
When asked about a possible return to the middle of the park, there was still some concern over his place in the side, saying: “Villa have better options, but he can rotate in when his skill-set is needed (and when) there are injuries.”
Jedinak is now able to fully focus on his performances with Villa after retiring from international football earlier this year, but whether that improves his club opportunities remains to be seen.