During Aston Villa’s travails so far this season, Australian Mile Jedinak has not made the best account of himself.
In defence of the 34-year-old, he has been played as a centre back this season despite being a midfielder, which would hamper most players’ performance.
This bizarre choice by former manager Steve Bruce didn’t pay off, as The Villans have only won three games all season, and have conceded the second most goals. The Australian has primarily partnered James Chester, with Man United loan Axel Tuanzebe being thrown into the fold.
Due to bans and injuries, this area of the field has been a major cause for concern for Villa this season, with right back Alan Hutton also being called upon to fill in.
That is why it is time for the next manager to turn to 18-year-old Jacob Bedeau. The club have a huge host of young talent playing for them already, and there is no reason why they should not introduce another player.
The Villans are in a position where they are unlikely to get relegated, but will struggle to catch up with the leaders unless things change quickly. That does open the door to blood these young players in for next season. The club do not have much to lose at this point, and it would be fielding players out of position.
Jedinak is too old to transition to a new position, and it just means that he is wasting the final years of his career. Bedeau would create the opportunity where he could be playing in his favoured midfield position again.
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