The 32-year-old Crystal Palace and Australia midfielder is reportedly on the verge of completing a move to Villa Park.
With Crystal Palace midfielder Mile Jedinak expected to complete a £4 million switch to Aston Villa imminently, one of the Championship side’s players is particularly looking forward to the prospect of linking up with him in B6.
Villa youngster Jordan Lyden has a long-held admiration for his fellow Australian – even modelling his playing style after him – and the pair met for the first time on Monday at the club’s Bodymoor Heath training ground as Jedinak underwent a medical ahead of putting the finishing touches to his move.
Speaking to SBS – The World Game about the encounter, Lyden said: “We had a chat and Mile seems like a terrific guy and to have a player of his calibre and quality is a massive boost for us, because the aim is to go straight back up and he can certainly help us do that.
“He’s a leader, as you saw during all those years at Crystal Palace when he captained the side, and he is so strong and dominant in midfield that I am sure he'll do a great job for us if it all goes through.”
Jedinak, 32, has made 179 total appearances for Palace since joining the club from Turkish side Gençlerbirliği in the summer of 2011, recording 10 goals and 10 assists in the process.
The 64-times capped Australian, whose contract expires next summer, also helped the Eagles secure promotion the Premier League in 2013 in his first season as club captain and went on to feature in all 38 of their top-flight games over the following campaign.
However, the Socceroos skipper made just 16 starts in 27 league games last term after falling behind Yohan Cabaye, Joe Ledley and James McArthur in the midfield pecking order and subsequently lost the armband to Scott Dann earlier this month, igniting rumours that he had been transfer listed.
He still started the first game of the season against West Bromwich Albion due to fitness concerns surrounding his teammates, but several reports have claimed over the past week that the two-time World Cup veteran is now all but set to join Villa in a £4 million deal [h/t Birmingham Mail].
Having seen him enjoy prior success in the second tier, Lyden believes his compatriot’s experience will give the club’s promotion hopes a huge boost and, from a personal standpoint, thinks he could also be fantastic mentor to learn from as he bids to make his first-team breakthrough at Villa Park.
“Mile led Palace to promotion so he’s been there and done it all before, and he knows what it takes to be successful in this division,” Lyden added to SBS – The World Game. “There’s a lot of optimism around the squad after beating Rotherham [3-0] at the weekend, and we feel we can go on from here.
“If I am lucky enough to get to play alongside him, he’d be a fantastic player to learn off and observe because he’s got so much know-how and experience at the top level.”