When the final whistle sounded at Selhurst Park yesterday, Mile Jedinak appeared to give a pretty ominous sign that he could well be on his way out of the club in the coming days.
The Australian central midfielder has been a massive influence on Crystal Palace FC for the majority of his time in red and blue but in truth, the writing has seemingly been on the wall for his long-term future with us ever since Alan Pardew stepped into the Eagles dugout.
Despite paying homage to Mile’s “legendary” status with the club on many occasions, Pardew has seldom looked to voluntarily include him in his matchday starting XIs, plumping instead for the likes of McArthur, Cabaye, Puncheon and Ledley in the centre of the park when afforded the choice.
The gaffer’s latest decision to strip Jedinak of the official role of club captain in favour of Scott Dann can easily be painted as a move of logic rather than political power playing, given the centre-back’s constant presence in the starting XI but even so, it will have deeply impacted on the general mindset of the towering Aussie who, for all the professionalism he outwardly radiates, will have been understandably hurt by the vote of no confidence in his leadership shown by Pardew.
Aston Villa have been happily linked with a move for Jedinak all summer long and despite the man himself suggesting that his thoughts were on nothing but Crystal Palace in the build-up to yesterday’s games, the picture attached above would suggest that his mind was half way to Birmingham already.
If he does indeed leave the club this week, you’ll struggle to find a single Palace fan with a bad word to say about him, for all that he lacks in finesse and technique, he more than makes up for through work-rate, desire and leadership.
He’ll be sorely missed.