Tommy Elphick has posted a heartfelt message to Aston Villa fans on Twitter after he was reportedly released by the newly-promoted Premier League side.
The 31-year-old struggled for game time this season, managing just 14 appearances for Aston Villa. He played three times before being loaned to Hull City. He then returned in January to clock up another 11 outings.
In January, Villa also signed Tyrone Mings on loan from AFC Bournemouth as well as Kortney Hause from Wolverhampton Wanderers. It saw Elphick fall down the pecking order.
Now, his future has been confirmed as away from Villa, as he sent a message to Villa fans on Twitter confirming that he has left the club – just three years following his £3million (BBC Sport) move from AFC Bournemouth.
Thank you @AVFCOfficial it’s been a privilege to captain and play for you. So happy for the players, staff and fans to be back in the prem and end on a high.
— Tommy Elphick (@TommyElph4) May 31, 2019
Elphick is a solid centre-back with Premier League experience. With Mings returning to Villa, Hause going back to Wolves and Axel Tuanzebe back in the red of Manchester United, Villa are light at centre-back.
Known for his ability in the air and his willingness to put his head where it hurts, Elphick is certainly the kind of mindset you need at a club.
Unless Dean Smith lures Mings and perhaps another centre-back to Villa Park this summer, getting rid of Elphick as solid cover is a silly mistake.