Aston Villa lost 1-0 at the weekend but their new defender shone.
Aston Villa did not get off to the best start in their bid to earn promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
Roberto Di Matteo’s side are among the favourites to succeed in the Championship this season but it was Sheffield Wednesday that ran out 1-0 winners on Sunday, courtesy of a late goal from Fernando Forestieri.
Villa looked good for at least a point and did not play badly, but this is a division where anyone can beat anyone else and Di Matteo is all too aware of the challenges ahead.
The Villans had some new signings on show, including striker Ross McCormack and defender Tommy Elphick, and the latter was particularly impressive throughout the encounter.
Signed from Bournemouth earlier this summer, Elphick looked exactly the kind of defender Villa will need if they want to make their stay in the second tier as short as possible.
After the match we took to Twitter to see what Villa fans thought of Elphick’s performance and you can read a selection of what we found below:
Tommy Elphick could well be a new Villa hero for me. Assured defender, fully committed display. A proper captain #avfc— Ben Nall (@BenNall79) August 8, 2016
Definitely not too down about the Villa result, we played well & there are massive positives in McCormack, Elphick + Ayew performances #AVFC— Lewis (@brendy1995) August 8, 2016
Tommy Elphick - exactly what #AVFC need! Leadership, passion, pride & commitment! Could be the signing of the season in the Championship!— Ben Ellis (@HashtagBenEllis) August 7, 2016
Just watched the #avfc match on DVR. Unlucky result. But lots of promising signs. Club can compete well in this league. Love Elphick so far.— Preston Petri (@prestonpetri) August 7, 2016
Got a feeling Elphick will fill the gap in our hearts that Laursen left #avfc— ~ (@ahwesty) August 7, 2016
Elphick man of the match. Leader at the back we have missed for so long #avfc— Nick (@NickRedV) August 7, 2016
Elphick is a trooper. Without doubt my favourite Villa player #avfc— AVFC_Karim (@KarimMartin39) August 7, 2016