Date: 25th June 2018 at 7:00am
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On Friday, Vital Lion wrote a piece discussing the future of former Aston Villa skipper Tommy Elphick.

As fans will be keenly aware, we’ve covered it well enough on Vital Villa, the expectation was that Elphick was set for a permanent move to Reading where he spent the second half of the 2017/18 campaign. He only made a handful of appearances during his spell at the Madejski Stadium as two games into the loan he went down with a serious knee injury that left him sat on the sidelines.

Having returned to fitness and got another couple of appearances under his belt, it was said that he had impressed manager Paul Clement enough to follow through with the deal this summer.

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With centre-half issues for Steve Bruce and Villa following the departures of John Terry and Chris Samba there was some curiosity as to why Elphick hadn’t come back into our plans – especially as he more impressed during his games with us earlier in the season prior to Terry returning to fitness himself.

The presumption was it was a wage issue that meant we remained in negotiations or alternatively there was a buy-clause and that had been enacted. With reports that talks had stalled, Vital Lion posited basically that Bruce had again opened the door for the 30-year-old ahead of next season.

This went over well with some fans.

Others were less convinced and didn’t believe a James Chester/Tommy Elphick pairing provided the right sort of balance in the heart of defence.

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