Five things Aston Villa fans need to keep an eye on at the World Cup

Mile Jedinak of Aston Villa celebrats with Steve Bruce, Manager of Aston Villa after scoring his sides first goal during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final First Leg match...

Aston Villa fans should be watching this summer's World Cup with a keen interest.

Steve Bruce, Manager of Aston Villa reacts during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Reading at Villa Park on April 3, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Steve Bruce has a lot of work to do at Villa Park this summer, if he is to guide his side to promotion next season.

With the World Cup on the horizon, we take a look at five things that Aston Villa fans need to keep an eye on in Russia.

1. Mile Jedinak

Mile Jedinak of Australia looks on ahead of the International Friendly between Australia and Colombia at Craven Cottage on March 27, 2018 in London, England.

The Australian stalwart is a nailed on starter for his country in Russia this summer.

The 33-year-old has proven to be a vital player for the Villans since making his £4 million switch from Crystal Palace in the summer of 2016, but he has just one year remaining on his current deal with the west Midlands outfit.

A solid World Cup for Jedinak might just be enough to convince the Villa hierarchy that he is worthy of a contract extension.

2. Ahmed Elmohamady

#3 Ahmed Elmohamady of Egypt looks on during the International Friendly between Egypt and Greece at the Letzigrund Stadium on March 27, 2018 in Zurich, Switzerland.

The Egyptian is a cult hero in his homeland, and is certain to play a key role in their World Cup campaign.

The 30-year-old is a vital player for Villa, and a successful tournament in Russia could give him the confidence boost that he needs to return to Villa Park full of renewed vigour ahead of next season.

3. Birkir Bjarnason

Birkir Bjarnason of Iceland looks on after the international friendly match between Iceland and Czech Republic at Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium on November 8, 2017 in Doha, Qatar.

The Iceland ace is far from a first-team regular at Villa, having made just 11 Championship starts for Steve Bruce's side this season.

The 30-year-old is a guaranteed starter for his country, however, and the World Cup will offer him a fantastic opportunity to prove that he is worthy of a place in Villa's starting line-up next season.

4.Filip Helander

Filip Helander of Bologna FC in action during the serie A match between Bologna FC and AC Chievo Verona at Stadio Renato Dall'Ara on May 13, 2018 in Bologna, Italy.

Villa were linked with a January swoop for the Bologna ace, according to Tutto Mercato Web, but a move eventually failed to materialise.

The Villans faithful should keep a close on his performances for Sweden this summer, as should the club's player recruitment staff, to see whether he is of the required standard to succeed in the Championship.

5. Ahmed Musa

Ahmed Musa of Leicester City celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Emirates FA Cup third round match between Everton and Leicester City at Goodison Park on January 7, 2017 in...

Villa were linked with a move for the Leicester City hitman in January, according to the Birmingham Mail, but he eventually ended up joining CSKA Moscow on loan.

The Villans will surely be on the look-out for a forward this summer, and there is no reason why they should not be tempted into a move for the Nigerian once again, especially if he enjoys a successful World Cup with the Super Eagles.

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