The season end isn’t too far away now so we are about to enter ‘silly season’. The time of year that every media outlet tries to predict what is going to happen at Villa Park.
Most of us are well aware by now to not believe anything until it is made official by the club – 0r, of course, our chairman hints at something on his personal Twitter page.
The Sun stated on Sunday that Aston Villa will ‘try’ to move out Australian midfielder Mile Jedinak as part of a ‘major overhaul’.
The newspaper goes on to say and I quote: “Boss Steve Bruce is looking to sign several new faces but some big hitters and top earners will have to leave.
The Australian midfielder came on Premier League money, but like Ross McCormack and others he will be culled if Villa can find a club to take them.”
As I sat in my living room on Sunday evening wondering what I should write about, I came across this article and usually I don’t give that newspaper the time of day but I felt I would highlight why I believe them to be completely clueless.
Mile Jedinak has become a vital part of the Aston Villa team and Steve Bruce has only recently praised the former Crystal Palace midfielder by stating that ‘We all know how vital he (Jedinak) has become to the team’.
On top of this, all sounds out of the club suggest that there won’t be any major overhaul this summer at all with Keith Wyness recently telling supporters that we will only bring in 2-3 new faces this summer – should the manager require them.
Without a doubt, there will be some players offloaded. We have numerous players out on loan including the likes of Jordan Veretout, Carlos Gil and of course Ross McCormack. Their futures will need to be decided as the club can’t continue to be sanctioning high wages to players out on loan playing for other clubs.
Mile Jedinak will turn 33 this summer but I personally don’t believe the club would risk upsetting fans who have become very fond of the tough tackling midfielder.
There has been a gap between players and fans for some time now and the club would be foolish to risk damaging any hard work they have tried to accomplish since Dr Tony Xia took over the club.
So we might see quite a few departures this summer and a couple of new faces but I would be massively surprised to see Mile Jedinak has one of those to leave Villa Park at the end of the season.