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45 games completed: Mile Jedinak hails “consistent” James Chester as Aston Villa’s Player of the Season

45 games completed: Mile Jedinak hails “consistent” James Chester as Aston Villa’s Player of the Season

James Chester is Aston Villa’s Player of the Season, according to teammate Mile Jedinak.

Roberto Di Matteo signed Chester from West Bromwich Albion in his only transfer window as Villa manager, with the centre-back surprisingly named as captain.

Chester has since thrived under new boss Steve Bruce, too, as one of the few bright lights of a generally poor season for the West Midlands giants.

As reported by Villa’s official website, Jedinak said: “I’m going to go with James Chester as my Player of the Season. He’s been consistent throughout and led by example.

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“He’s had to play with a few different players at the back and always managed to produce good partnerships with players and people around him.

“For me, it’s about consistency. If you’re consistent then you’ve had a good season and he’s certainly been that. I think he’s just what this team needs.”

What were the key numbers behind Chester’s Championship campaign?

865 – Squawka’s Performance Score agrees with Jedinak, as a figure of 865 was good enough for Chester to lead the Villa ranks.

45 – The Wales international also completed each of the 45 games he played, missing just one fixture while every teammate was absent a minimum of eight times.

1 – He made only one defensive error, which didn’t lead to a goal.

James Chester won 58% of his duels in the Championship this term – up 9% on his Premier League rate of last season.

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