Has Dean Smith just suggested Mile Jedinak could leave Aston Villa?

Dean Smith head coach of Aston Villa talks to reporters during a press conference at Bodymoor Heath training ground on January 24, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa are looking to cut down the average age of their squad significantly under Dean Smith.

Mile Jedinak of Aston Villa during a training session at the club's training ground at Bodymoor Heath on November 06, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Mile Jedinak’s future at Aston Villa must be under threat given Dean Smith’s latest comments in the Birmingham Mail.

Smith has suggested that Villa will look to reduce the average of their squad over the next few transfer windows, and players who are on the decline will be shipped out.

“You walk into a job and you inherit players,” he said. “My job as a head coach is to help make those players better.

 

“If I feel there is no development in them, then I think it is time to move them on and we bring other players in.

“That is just the way the industry works.”

Smith’s comments bring a number of Villa’s futures into question, but few fit the description more than Jedinak.

The Australian international was a real favourite of former manager Steve Bruce, who often found ways of forcing the veteran into his side.

Milos Degenek and Mile Jedinak of Australia applaude the crowd after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between the Australian Socceroos and Saudi Arabia at the Adelaide Oval on June...

Jedinak was forced to play out of position at centre-back by Bruce on numerous occasions, and Bruce only ever spoke positively about the 34-year-old.

However, with Smith looking to take Villa in a different direction, Jedinak may no longer have a place at Villa Park.

The combative midfielder has not made an appearance since Smith took over, which is in part down to injury.

And Jedinak must now be concerned that he won’t be at Villa much longer, as it seems he may well not feature in Smith’s plans for the future.

Mile Jedinak of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Brentford at Villa Park on August 22, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

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