Former Bournemouth ace Tommy Elphick
Aston Villa confirmed on their official website on Monday that they have signed centre back Tommy Elphick from Bournemouth.
Villa's new manager Roberto Di Matteo has been handed a huge task as he looks to rebuild this relegated Villa side, and he has made his first signing in Elphick.
Defender Elphick, 28, has been Bournemouth's captain and an inspirational leader under Eddie Howe, but injuries curtailed his impact in the Premier League as he made just 14 appearances in all competition.
Elphick racked up over 180 appearances for hometown club Brighton and Hove Albion before a 2012 move to Bournemouth, where he won promotion from League One and eventually the Championship, becoming a mainstay of the club's rise through the divisions.
Villa fans have been taking to Twitter ever since the deal was confirmed, and most supporters believe this is a smart move from Di Matteo and Villa.
Fans believe Elphick offers the Championship experience and leadership qualities that Villa need, with others thinking that defender Micah Richards and Joleon Lescott will now be leaving after Elphick's arrival.
The general feeling amongst fans is that Villa have made a strong first step as they look to rebuild this summer - and whilst Elphick is far from a 'sexy' signing for the club, he will bring attributes that Villa need to get out of the Championship next season.
Elphick is a great signing for #AVFC. Surely this makes way for Lescott and Richards to leave.— James Felipe (@Jfelipe1) June 20, 2016
Tommy Elphick is good Villa signing. Maybe not the most talented footballer but he has the character & discipline we've been lacking. #AVFC— Kevin Hughes (@kevinhughes348) June 20, 2016
Elphick isn't a glamorous signing but a much needed one. An experienced and level headed leader at the back is vital for us next year #avfc— Andrew Ashburn (@AndrewAshburn) June 20, 2016
Tommy Elphick is a good signing, a leader, knows the championship, we need these sort of players who have passion to bring us back up #avfc— Connor (@CBlunt97) June 20, 2016
Pleased with Elphick signing. Sensible bit of business and a positive start for the new regime. #avfc— Andrew Roden (@andrewroden) June 20, 2016
Good statement from RDM by signing Elphick. Getting in strong players who know how to get promoted is a very good idea I think #avfc— Zoe (@zk16204) June 20, 2016
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