Aston Villa are currently in the process of trying to sell several players, to balance the books ahead of a third straight season in the Championship. One man who looked like he was on his way out was defender Tommy Elphick.
It appeared he was set to join loan club Reading permanently this summer. However, according to the Reading Chronicle, that deal will no longer be happening.
Such news should be welcomed at Villa Park. Because whilst Elphick may have struggled at Aston Villa so far, he could be a solution to their troubles at centre-back next season.
Elphick joined Aston Villa in a deal said to be worth around £3 million back in the summer of 2016. It was coup for Aston Villa, who had just been relegated and felt the Bournemouth man was perfect to help them push for promotion.
He started the season as captain under Roberto Di Matteo but, with Villa and Elphick out of form, soon saw his playing time diminish under Steve Bruce.
With the arrival of John Terry last summer, Elphick was cast aside and a loan to Reading followed.
But, despite his previous struggles in a Villa shirt, Elphick’s achievements at this level must not be discounted. The 30-year-old helped Bournemouth win promotion to the Premier League in 2015 and Brighton promotion to the Championship in 2011.
With Terry and Christopher Samba both leaving Aston Villa, it leaves a huge hole in the defensive department at the club.
Despite his previous errors, Elphick might be the best option the club have at the heart of their defence for next season.