Mile Jedinak produced a monumental performance in the heart of Crystal Palace’s midfield during their 1-0 win over Norwich City last weekend and now, he has spoken of the relief he and his teammates are feeling after ending their winless run.
The Aussie’s style of play has often been looked upon by some supporters as too robust to succeed in the Premier League, but his display against Alex Neil’s men proved beyond all doubt that he still has something to offer the side when the chips are down, with his comments afterwards leaving no one in any doubt over his love for the club that gave him the opportunity to shine in the English game.
It would be easy to write the club captain off as we head into the summer, given the presence of players like James McArthur, Yohan Cabaye and Jason Puncheon in the centre of our midfield, but in Mile, we have the definition of a leader; a man who relishes the opportunity to roll up his sleeves and get stuck in; a quality that only ever shows its true worth on occasions like Saturday, when we needed every ounce of grit and determination available.
Having turned down a number of possible moves away from the club in the recent transfer windows, Jedinak has always held a cult status at Selhurst Park, and now, after proving his worth to Alan Pardew in the most dramatic of fashions, he will hold realistic hopes of playing a pivotal part in the first-team for the foreseeable future.
He may be far from the best passer at the manager’s disposal, but there is no way of denying his ability to take a game by the scruff of the neck when the pressure is really on. After a season in which supporters had begun to change their perception of the skipper, Saturday was a timely reminder of his importance to us as a club.
You need only glance at his comments to the press following the victory to realise how much the red and blue shirt means to him. He loves a battle.