Dean Smith is expected to cull his Aston Villa side this summer with Mile Jedinak expected to one such player offloaded.
The Sun on Sunday (March 24, 2019 – page 59) reported that the Australian international could be set to be moved on as a rebuild at Villa Park takes place.
The report from The Sun claims that the club could look to cut as much as £250,000 off their wage bill next season and Glenn Whelan and Albert Adomah also being sacrificed in order to do so.
Villa want to untie around £13millon of their wage budget to avoid EFL sanctions akin to that of Birmingham City.
But would it be a big miss for Villa if the 24-year-old was to depart the club after three seasons in the summer?
Jedinak has managed just 12 games this season, ten from the off and two substitutes appearances.
The majority of his game time came at centre-back as opposed to his preferred position of central midfield.
He managed to play in the middle four times with eight games coming from defence.
The midfielder has failed to score, or even set up a single goal and has averaged just 0.4 shots per game.
The Australian has managed 1.4 tackles per game, which is the fourth best in the side this season, but again he has played far fewer games than the three ahead of him in that list.
Jedinak averages two interceptions and 5.9 clearances per game, as well as 0.3 blocks.
Offensively, the Australian had less of an impact, with 0.3 shots per game, the 16th most in terms of an average this term.
He also averages the same ratio in key passes per game, ranking him 20th.
The 34-year-old’s passing statistics were better, yet way down on the rest of the team, due to lack of game time, he has seen due to injury and lack of selection from Smith.
Jedinak averages 39.3 passes per match, completing around 72.9 per cent of those per game.
His stats are not awful, but they could be better, and he has failed to feature as much as he would have liked.
What has been to his detriment was the switch the defence under Steve Bruce, and since his departure, Smith has not fancied the Aussie in that role.
Injury has blighted his campaign since then, and he has become somewhat of a forgotten man.
Based on the lack of game time and injury getting in the way of a sustained spell in the side, it does not look as if Jedinak’s departure will have too much of an effect on Villa.
This is considering they are sixth in the table now without him in the side and using players to fit the system Smith deploys.
A summer exit beacons, with little disruption to the Villa’s progression on and off the pitch.