Report: Aston Villa plan to recall Tommy Elphick in January

Tommy Elphick of Hull City clears from Eberechi Eze of Queens Park Rangers during the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Hull City at Loftus Road on December 1,...

Aston Villa are reportedly planning to bring Tommy Elphick back from his loan spell with their Championship rivals.

Tommy Elphick of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Hull City and Aston Villa at KCOM Stadium on August 6, 2018 in Hull, England.

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has decided that he wants to bring Tommy Elphick back from his loan spell at Hull City in January, according to a report from the Sunday People (23/12; page 50).

Many Villa supporters would have been forgiven for thinking that they had already seen the 31-year-old's final appearance for the club. After struggling to get into the side under Steve Bruce, Elphick was given the green light to join their Championship rivals in the summer.

 

And with Transfermarkt showing that his Villa deal expires this summer, it seemed that his parent club were ready to let him go on a free.

But, while it remains to be seen what it means for his future beyond this season, the Sunday People (23/12; page 50) reports that he is set to be recalled by Smith next month.

Aston Villa Manager Dean Smith looks on ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa at The Hawthorns on December 7, 2018 in West Bromwich, England.

Villa are short of options at centre-back after a summer which saw the club prioritise signings that would improve their attacking ranks. And it has proved fairly costly.

They find themselves 11th in the table - though they will go seventh with a win against Leeds United on Sunday - despite being the second-highest scorers in the division, behind West Brom. 

Villa boast the worst defensive record of any team in the top-half of the table, having conceded almost twice as many goals as their next opponents. 

Tommy Elphick of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Hull City and Aston Villa at KCOM Stadium on August 6, 2018 in Hull, England.

Elphick has been a good signing for Hull. Nigel Adkins' men have actually conceded fewer goals than his parent club, so it will be a blow for them to lose him next month.

And it will be interesting to see whether the former Bournemouth man is able to complete the turnaround at Villa and perhaps earn a fresh contract before the summer.

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