Mile Jedinak assess what Aston Villa need for promotion, suggests what he can add to club's cause

Crystal Palace's Mile Jedinak celebrates after the match

The former Crystal Palace captain joined Villa in a £4 million move on Wednesday.

Crystal Palace's Mile Jedinak at the end

New Aston Villa signing Mile Jedinak has said in a live Facebook Q&A that winning promotion from the Championship requires utter unity within a club, and suggested that his knowledge and experience can play an important role.

Jedinak joined villa in a £4 million deal from Crystal Palace on Wednesday to become manager Roberto di Matteo's sixth major signing of the summer.

The 32-year-old had been captain of Crystal Palace for the majority of the last four years, and has prior experience in winning promotion from the Championship after leading the Eagles to the Premier League in 2012-13.

The signing of the Australia international was heralded by Villa fans who know that the club has been desperately missing a midfield leader in recent times and are hoping that Jedinak can be that man.

Australia's Mile Jedinak (R)

He certainly has the credentials, and the man himself believes he knows exactly what it takes to win promotion.

Jedinak said in the Facebook Q&A session: "I’ve had the opportunity to do it [win promotion] once and what an experience that was. You need a real togetherness from the top to the bottom. Players, staff, management and fans need to be together. It’s a difficult season with so many games. You need to ride the wave together.

"I know how big the club is having watched and played against them, but I just think it’s a new challenge for me and one that I’m really looking forward to giving 100 per cent to the cause. Hopefully that takes us back to where we belong.

Crystal Palace's Mile Jedinak celebrates after the match

"I’d like to offer my knowledge and experience. Hopefully that will put the club in a better place. It’s no guarantee but I’ve done well in the past and I’m still determined to keep doing that."

Villa fans will certainly be optimistic that Jedinak's presence in midfield can be a key catalyst for an immediate return to the Premier League this season.

The side were desperately missing a man to grab the game by the scruff of the neck in the second half of the draw against Huddersfield Town on Tuesday night, and Jedinak could well be that man.

Crystal Palace's Mile Jedinak celebrates with Jonny Williams after scoring their third goal

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