Date: 22nd June 2018 at 7:00pm
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Tommy Elphick’s future at the club has been pretty uncertain for quite a long time. Reports have suggested that Reading are keen to sign him on a permanent deal this summer.

However, the Reading Chronicle¬†say that the centre-back’s move to the Madejski Stadium could have stalled. It is believed that Steve Bruce has left the door open to the 30-year-old to remain at the club and fight for his first-team place.

It seems like a very good decision on the face of it. With the departures of John Terry and Chris Samba, we are lacking options in the centre of defence, and while there has been talk of recruiting Robert Huth, keeping Tommy would give us so much needed experience without having to recruit.

It’s no secret that Bruce isn’t the former captain’s biggest fan. A regular under Roberto Di Matteo, he was very quickly discarded when the new manager took charge, being an unused substitute for the most part during the rest of the 2016/17 season.

With the arrival of Terry last summer, things became even more difficult for him, yet he has always remained professional. When our captain was injured last campaign, Elphick was recalled and looked solid in the three starts he was given at the turn of the year.

Despite then being shipped out on loan and then getting sidelined with a serious knee injury, he impressed Royals boss Paul Clement enough during the last two games of the season to want him on a permanent basis.

At 30 years of age, he’s younger than some potential free transfer signings like Huth (33) and McAuley (38), and he has experience of promotion from the Championship with Bournemouth.

Although certainly not a Premier League level defender, like Chester and former centre-back partner Terry, Elphick certainly deserves to be afforded another chance, and in our current situation, he’s certainly someone that Bruce would be foolish to turn his back on.

 

4 Replies to “Bruce Makes A Smart Decision In Recalling Out Of Favour Former Villa Captain”

  • Certainly logical to keep him. As said, he’s younger than the above mentioned and he’s already on our books so why not?

  • With our financial position it makes sense to keep hold of him, but still think we need to bring in another CB as well. Elphick may have performed well in the 3 games over Xmas covering for Terry but before that he was making too many mistakes and most fans were calling for him to be dropped the season before.

  • Yes we need to keep him – he is also a leader – and get one more. But there are a coupe of handy lads in the U23’s that could be brought through too. Also Tishbola anyone? I just wonder, he clearly did a good job at Reading…is it an attitude problem now? Slightly different subject: Whilst I agree that Bruce must be retained to keep a steady ship, and whilst he can justifiably say he has spent little, I wonder how much of his spending would stand scrutiny if we knew the full details. Hogan’s contract is said to be eyewatering. Dr T says that he wishes he’d spent more time in the UK to monitor what has been going on. We are losing shed loads of money and someone has been spending it. Recent revalations regarding payments to Terry have made me wonder whether he was really worth it? Fact is he was a central plank in the gamble, and it failed.

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