Goodbye Jedi


It has been reported in the national press that former Crystal Palace captain, Mile Jedinak is signing for Aston Villa for first team football.

Wanting to leave the club in order to play first team football at his age is quite understandable and I don’t begrudge Jedinak leaving for those reasons.

While Jedinak is not the most gifted midfielder you will see he is good and effective at what he does, to break up the opposing teams attacks.

He is a tough tackling midfielder who sometimes over steps the mark and after losing the Crystal Palace captaincy in the summer a move was highly likely to happen.

It should be noted that Jedinak took losing the captaincy with dignity and pledged to give his all for Crystal Palace and while, like Yannick Bolasie, he did not ask for a transfer the club decided to accept a £4m bid from Aston Villa.

It was further reported that Jedinak feels that he and several other fan favourites, including Julian keeper Speroni, have been poorly treated by Pardew during the last 12 months and their relationship soured.

With this in mind it is even more impressive how Jedinak played in the 2nd half of last season, becoming the teams linchpin after being discarded for the first half.

Jedinak is a firm firm fans favourite and showed his appreciation on Saturday when, after the final whistle, he went to all 4 sides of the ground to give his thanks for the support he has enjoyed in his time at Selhurst Park.

Before leaving the pitch he threw his shirt into the Holmesdale end after giving a typical Jedinak performance in a close game where we ultimately lost 0-1 to West Brom.

In my opinion, in complete contrast to the Bolasie situation, I would give Jedi a warm welcome if he every come back to play at Selhurst Park because, even though I have been critical of him as a player.

Jedinak has been everything a leader and captain should be while at the same time conducting himself in the right manner when not being picked and in the process of leaving the club.

In public at least because we’ll never know what happens behind the scenes and with the apparent disharmony behind the scenes at Selhurst Park you wonder if it is linked to our second half of the season collapse?

I have many happy memories but perhaps my favourite is when Jedi came up against Patrick Bamford when he returned to Selhurst with Norwich.

A classic case of boy verses man!


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