Yesterday Mile Jedinak fired in a hat-trick to send his county, Australia, through to the World Cup in Russia next year. The midfielder has only just come back from injury which has kept him out of the side for a lot this season but it is great to see he is back to his normal solid self. In this article, I’m going to have a look at ways Steve Bruce can fit the big Aussie into the side.
After club captain John Terry fractured his fifth metatarsal last game against Sheffield Wednesday, there has been a lot of talk about who his replacement will be.
Chris Samba was subbed on when the ex-Chelsea man got injured in the 20th minute and struggled in the first 5-10 minutes but coped well throughout the rest of the game and even bagged a goal at the end. The France born defender looks like he is the favourite to get the nod ahead of some other centre-backs in the coming games but I believe personally we should take a look at Jedinak, who played well when he was deployed there for parts of last season.
The 33-year-old was commanding at the back and is similar to Terry in the sense that he is great at organising the back line and reading the game, which compensates for his lack of pace. He could prove to be a good partner alongside James Chester as I believe they will complement each other well. Where Jedinak has the strength, Chester can complete the partnership with pace. Who knows, Jedinak could just find his future playing at centre back which may help to prolong his career.
Glenn Whelan hasn’t exactly won fans over since his move from Stoke City although he seems to be improving slowly with time. Many were worried when Jedinak picked up his original injury but we have got by.
That doesn’t stop certain sections of the Villa faithful from calling for the big Aussie to replace the Irish man in the heart of the Villa midfield.
Bruce has a couple of options to get Jedinak back in the starting XI. His long plane trip from Australia will no doubt play a part in the manager’s mind when making his selection for the weekend’s trip to QPR.
I think that he will most likely drop in the back four alongside Chester to replace Terry, despite it not being his strongest position. Ultimately the manager knows best and hopefully, we won’t feel the loss of Terry too much.