Date: 31st August 2018 at 6:45pm
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Earlier this afternoon Aston Villa confirmed that centre-half Tommy Elphick had made his loan move out to Hull City.

Speculation earlier in the day suggested Hull had stolen a march on others like Queens Park Rangers for his services, and in his pre-game press conference manager Steve Bruce confirmed that something was likely to happen for the 30-year-old who for some reason just did not feature in his plans, and that has now come to pass.

His opportunities have always been limited with us for varying reasons and it’s fair to say the fan base is split on him – he must be a better option than Mile Jedinak in the heart of the defence, but equally, he’s shown himself to be steady at points but he’s never really wowed.

The loan move is in the best interests of everyone though as if his face doesn’t fit for Bruce then it’s pointless having him sit around, and for a variety of reasons, it’s better for us that he gets back out on the pitch and hopefully impresses and comes back into our plan – or alternatively – simply sees his stock rise for transfer purposes in January or next summer as we continue to look at balancing the books after spending in recent seasons.

I think that suitably covers all the possible reactions to this news.

I’d be off for a lie down if I could!

Somebody has to be incoming, even if you factor in Axel Tuanzebe and James Bree stepping up, or maybe it’s Jacob Bedeau’s time to shine but nothing has indicated that so far?

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