Date: 7th September 2018 at 6:44pm
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With centre-half Tommy Elphick known to not overly be in manager Steve Bruce’s plan, the decision to let him leave Aston Villa on a loan spell on deadline day was bizarre, to say the least.

The 30-year-old headed to the KCOM Stadium and Hull City on a loan deal until the end of the 2018/19 campaign and he is of course out of contract next summer, so he’s another player we won’t see return unless something even more bizarre happens between now and the end of the year.

Speaking to the Hull Daily Mail as he continues to settle into life at his new club, the most salient thing for Villa fans I think was the comment.

“Bruce gave his blessing for me to go out on loan without many centre-halves in the building so that says all you need to know. The last two league games I played for Steve, we beat Bristol City 5-1 and he took me out, then we beat Hull 3-1, I scored and he took me out again. The writing was on the wall after that.”

The writing was on the wall before that in fairness, but in terms of Elphick getting a proper chance this season given our woeful defence at the minute certainly went out of the window and that’s what fans struggle to get their heads around, especially as it left us scrambling around on deadline for cover – and now turning out attentions to the loan market – whichever way you look at and regardless of what side of the fence you sit on when it comes to the gaffer, it’s a failure, a lack of planning and an indication that if your face doesn’t fit the possible best interests of the club aren’t what drives decisions.

Whatever individual views are on Elphick, and he’s had his moments of being less than impressive, we conceded one goal with him in the side and ten without him. That goes up to two conceded to twelve if you include the failed EFL Cup approach.


4 Replies to ““Says all You Need To Know” – Villa Man Opens Up On Life In B6”

  • Every player is virtually played out of place by SB, the list of players
    this man has destroyed is growing Landbury, Hogan even Mcginn will be next
    Sawiris, Eden,don’t wait any longer get this clown out before he destroys the team
    and any chance of promotion.

    • I’m a clear SB supporter and I’m on record saying he deserves this season to complete his job having turned us around etc etc and got so close last year despite his own personal issues – but this is why I say to the anti-Bruce brigade even his supporters see the problems – but if you want loyalty, you have to show some. Exaggeration doesn’t help either.

  • SB does not ‘deserve’ anything Mike. He has been well paid doing a job but, unfortunately, failed both in terms of results and the quality of football that has been played since he arrived. We can debate about why etc but the fact is that he has failed on both counts.

  • No point replacing Bruce ùntil we got the real deal to take over. This defender and goalie problem comes from Dr x era. Neither steer of elphick are good enough. Just shame that kid did not want to come to us. As fans we have to be patient and feel blessed we still solvent. We are in good hands. For the first time I can say sit back and let’s enjoy the journey back to the top.

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