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Dean Smith has to use Mile Jedinak in midfield for Aston Villa

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Dean Smith has to use Mile Jedinak in midfield for Aston Villa

Aston Villa’s Mile Jedinak has had a miserable start to the season, but the appointment of a new manager could see his fortunes turnaround swiftly.

The 34-year-old is a defensive midfielder by trade and was still filling that role effectively for Australia in this summer’s World Cup, before retiring from international football in October.

But a major lack of options at centre-back for Villa this campaign has meant he had to fill in the heart of defence for ex-manager Steve Bruce and not looked comfortable in doing so.


The experienced ace has proven he’s out of his depth in defence and would be much more useful to the Championship outfit in the middle of the park, where he’s played for the majority of his career.

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New Villa manager Dean Smith will be assessing his squad following his arrival on Wednesday and it seems a no-brainer to make the simple Jedinak switch from defence to midfield.

The Aussie enforcer can do a much more effective job screening the back four and acting as a deep-lying playmaker for the Midlands giants.

Jedinak should still be capable of playing an important role in a side competing for promotion, while Smith’s first priority in January should be to bring in some quality centre-back options.

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