1. Mile Jedinak
The top spot on the TURF20 list as the best Australian footballer in 2014 was a hotly debated topic by our team. There were three clear contenders for the No.1 position all who were producing great results for their clubs overseas.
However, the recent efforts by Australia’s sole Premier League regular, Mile Jedinak made the decision to place him at the top of the list undeniable. Scoring 5 goals in the past 10 Premier League games for Crystal Palace, Jedinak has gone from stregnth-to-stregnth in the past year.
Leading Palace as captain for the second straight season and receiving the call to lead the Socceroos at the World Cup reflects Jedinak’s strong character as a leader and a consistent performer on the pitch.
Mile’s fierce presence on the pitch and tactical awareness has often been a solid force in Palace’s turbulent battle to survive the regulation zone. His stable efforts being acknowledged as the best player in the Premier League and Europe’s best midfielder this season.
Driving the Socceroos in Brazil, Jedinak was pivotal in leading the inexperienced Socceroos to face Spain, Chile and Holland. Playing as a defensive midfielder alongside Mark Milligan and Matt McKay, Mile produced a solid defensive performance and delivered an important penalty conversion against Holland to give Australia a temporary lead.
Jedinak’s efforts over the past 12 months have well and truly earnt him ranking as Australia’s best footballer of 2014.
Words by Jacob Arnott