Player #894

Appearances:

46

Starts:

39

Goals:

1

Seasons:

3

Tommy Elphick
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Tommy Elphick

Position

Centre Back

From

2016-17

To

2018-19

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Tommy Elphick

Seasons Quick-View

Seasons

Age*

28
29
30

Division

CH
CH
CH

Appearances

46
26
6
14

Starts

39
20
5
14

Substitute

7
6
1
0

Unused

32
20
6
6

Goals

1
0
0
1

*Age on opening day of the season

FAC: FA Cup; FL: Football League; D1: Division 1; D2: Division 2; D3: Division 3; PL: Premier League; CH: Championship

FULL SEASON BREAKDOWN

Tommy Elphick

Birth Date

Monday, 7 September 1987

Birth Place

Brighton, East Sussex

Birth Country

England

Villa Youth

n/a

From

Transfer in

AFC Bournemouth

From

For

£3,510,000

On

Friday, 1 July 2016

Previous Clubs

2005-12 Brighton & Hove Albion |
2005-06 Bognor Regis Town (L) |
2012-16 AFC Bournemouth, £225k |

Loans Out

2018 Reading, 29 Jan 2018 to 31 May 2018, 4 (0) |
2018 Hull City, 31 Aug 2018 to 29 Dec 2018, 18 (1) |

Transfer Out

To

Huddersfield Town

For

Free

On

Sunday, 30 June 2019

Subsequent Clubs

2019- Huddersfield Town |

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Villa Career

Seasons Active, Fee, Starts (Sub) | Goals |

2016-19 Aston Villa, £3.51m, 39 (7) | 1 |

STARTS

SUBS

GOALS

Played Under

Roberto Di Matteo |
Steve Bruce |
Dean Smith |

First Squad Appearance

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Debut Appearance

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Sheffield Wednesday (a), Championship

DEBUT

First Goal

Monday, 6 August 2018

Final Appearance

Saturday, 2 March 2019

Derby County (h), Championship

FINAL

Final Squad Appearance

Sunday, 5 May 2019

Honours

2017-18 Play Off Finalists |
2018-19 Play Off Final Winners |

Height

(6 ft 2 in) 1.88 m

Foot

Right

International Team

Not selected

Tommy Elphick

Player #894 for Aston Villa, Tommy Elphick played as a centre Back for the club between 2016-17 and 2018-19 making 46 appearances and scoring once.

Tommy was born in Brighton on 7 September 1987

Roberto Di Matteo had signed Tommy from AFC Bournemouth for £3,510,000 in July 2016 and his arrival was one of a number of notable Villa signings that the maligned and brief Di Matteo management team oversaw including James Chester, Mile Jedinak, Albert Adomah and Jonathan Kodjia.

Elphick made his debut appearance for Villa at the age of 28 on Sunday, 7 August 2016 in the opening day Championship defeat at Sheffield Wednesday.

Although Di Matteo’s regime was short-lived, his transfer legacy was not. Elphick was the antidote to the largely terrible 2015-16 intake, the ageing pros of 2014-15 and the lower league players of 2012-14.

The rebuilding of Villa and reconnection with the fans that Villa so desperately required following relegation started with Elphick.

Tommy was old enough to be experienced, young enough to be enthusiastic and grateful enough to grab his chance at his first ‘big’ club opportunity.

Elphick didn’t disappoint and although he wasn’t a key figure in Villa’s ultimate promotion season the work he did was second only to fellow defensive newcomer under Di Matteo James Chester.

Tommy started all 13 of Villa’s first Championship games including one appearance under Di Matteo’s replacement as Villa boss, Steve Bruce.

Initially Bruce preferred homegrown defender Nathan Baker to partner James Chester with Elphick largely confined to the substitutes bench for much of the 2016-17 season however he accumulated 8 starts and 6 substitute appearances under Bruce.

2017-18 saw Bruce strengthen Villa’s defensive options with the signings of veterans Christopher Samba and John Terry as well as his go-to right back Ahmed Elmohamady and in doing so Bruce initially limited Elphick’s appearances to the EFL Cup before a period from 1 December 2017 through to January 2018 that saw Tommy named in 10 consecutive squads and make 4 appearances.

Despite his popularity it was clear that Bruce did not favour Tommy and it was somewhat inevitable when Bruce sent him out on loan to Bruce’s former team Hull City between 31 August 2018 and 29 December 2018 having made just 3 starts for Villa in the 2018-19 season.

With Bruce’s sacking and the arrival of Dean Smith and a more positive, attacking, possession based footballing philosophy it was anticipated that Elphick would get a fresh start and at the end of his loan spell exactly that happened.

The returned Elphick was an immediate starter in the first team and made 11 consecutive appearances in Villa’s march towards promotion back to the Premier League.

Sadly however just as he was finally being given a consistent opportunity to impress with Villa, injury struck and ruled him out of the remainder of the campaign, returning to the squad at the end of the regular Championship season but missing out on Villa’s successful Play Off final win over Derby County on Monday, 27 May 2019.

Elphick had made his final appearance for Villa on Saturday, 2 March 2019 aged 31 before being released by Villa in May 2019.

Tommy played under Roberto Di Matteo, Steve Bruce and Dean Smith.

Tommy’s departure left a feeling that he had been poorly treated by Steve Bruce and as a result his game time and confidence when selected faltered in a self fulfilling prophecy. Whilst it is inevitable that players move on there is a right way and a wrong way to do it. Elphick did everything the right way and for that Villa should be eternally grateful.