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Experienced Aston Villa star speaks out honestly over potential positional switch



Speaking to Aston Villa’s YouTube channel, Mile Jedinak has revealed that he would play anywhere asked if it helped to bring success to the club.

Jedinak has established himself as a top talent in central midfield throughout his career, which is the position he has played mostly since his arrival at Villa Park last summer.

However, defensive issues last season led to Steve Bruce moving Jedinak into a deeper role, with the Australian lining up at the heart of defence on occasions.

When asked in an Aston Villa feature ‘Ask Me Anything’ about a potential positional change, the 33-year-old replied: “I’ve played in the position (centre-back) before, I know what is required in the position.

“I’m enjoying my time still in midfield and doing what I do there.

“For me personally, it is about what the team needs and what is going to bring success to the team.

“Wherever that is for me, now or in the future, I’ll be happy to play my part.”

Jedinak has featured on just one occasion for Villa so far this season, but Bruce confirmed that over last week’s international break, the midfielder was making serious progress and edging closer to a first-team return.

It remains to be seen if Jedinak is involved for Villa this weekend, with Bruce’s side travelling to Molineux to face second placed, Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Villans travel across the Midlands on Saturday on the back of an excellent run of form, which saw them remain unbeaten across September, winning their last four fixtures.

The Verdict

Despite Bruce experimenting with Jedinak in defence last season, it appears that the player is more than comfortable continuing his role in central midfield, where he is clearly most effective.

Jedinak offers a lot in central midfield, and adding him to the likes of Conor Hourihane, Glenn Whelan and Henri Lansbury will give Bruce one of the most complete units in the Championship.

Bruce also has some impressive options in central defence, and unless numbers become stretched, the likelihood is that Jedinak will not have to provide cover.

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