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Jacob Bedeau might be perfect centre-back for Dean Smith’s Aston Villa renaissance

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Jacob Bedeau might be perfect centre-back for Dean Smith’s Aston Villa renaissance

The Aston Villa defender has been in fine form for the under-23s and Smith is short of defenders.

Aston Villa are currently short in the centre-back position. The club failed to recruit the necessary players in the position during the summer. John Terry and Chris Samba both left whilst Tommy Elphick was allowed to join Hull City on loan.

It saw Mile Jedinak used in the role as well as Alan Hutton. Aston Villa are now sweating over an injury to James Chester for the Second City derby this weekend.

But could Aston Villa finally hand a chance to a player who Steve Bruce never rolled the dice on?

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 05: Jacob Bedeau of Aston Villa during the Premier League Cup match between Aston Villa and Bristol City at Villa Park on October 05, 2018 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images)

Back in January 2017, Aston Villa signed defender Jacob Bedeau from Bury. The former Leyton Orient defender had been in fine form for the Shakers, despite being just 17. The Birmingham Mail reported that Villa spent around £900,000 bringing him to the club with the hope he could go on and become a future star at Villa Park.

However, despite chances to do so, Bruce never actually gave Bedeau a first-team opportunity at Villa Park.


Despite only being 18-years-old he has now established himself as a regular in the Aston Villa under-23 side. He has even captained the team on occasions.

Bedeau is a ball-playing centre-half, in the perfect mould of a Dean Smith style central defender.

Should he be thrown into the deep end v Birmingham City this weekend? Probably not. However, with Aston Villa short in defence, there is no reason why the teenager should not get his first-team debut at some point this season.

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