A move to Aston Villa. Why? Captain Fantastic Tommy Elphick, a leader on the pitch, a leader in the dressing room. There’s two good reasons why any team might want him. But, the obvious question is why take a step down a division.
The facts, that we can see, simply don’t add up. He plays for a Premier League team and was at the heart of the Cherries defence for the last six games of the 2015/16 season after coming back from injury. He is in his prime and playing for a Premier League team that are moving forward.
The decision to move on could be driven by any number of factors. Does he think that he isn’t up to Premier League standard? Has Eddie Howe told him that if he says he won’t be first choice. If this is the case we have to agree with Howe, but he would undoubtedly make a great backup.
Perhaps, he misses the indescribable excitement that goes with winning promotion or the league. Perhaps he needs that hit again and thinks a move to Villa could provide him with that fix
But, at 28, backup won’t be good enough for Elphick. He is a leader and it’s very difficult to lead from the bench. Other factors could be that he wants to lead a team to glory and he knows he is capable of captaining a team to the Premier League. He has done it once (thank you Tommy – we will love you forever for this). Perhaps, he misses the indescribable excitement that goes with winning promotion or the league. Perhaps he needs that hit again and thinks a move to Villa could provide him with that fix. Of course, it could be the one factor that drives most people, money. Perhaps his wages at Villa, even in the Championship, will be better than what AFC Bournemouth will offer. We don’t want to believe this and this wouldn’t be the deciding factor we are sure.
Villa might be a club in turmoil, but they are undoubtedly a big club with a big fan base. It would seem it’s simply a matter of rebuilding a team to take them back to their former glories. And, where do you start? With a man with experience and leadership qualities. Or, as we know him Mr Tommy Elphick. If AFC Bournemouth don’t want him Aston Villa will be very lucky to have him.
If Elphick does decide to move on, we at TFTSE Towers don’t know the reasons why, but one thing that we do know is that he will never be forgotten. He is the captain that took us to the Premier League for the first time in our history. All we can say is Thank You Tommy, Thank You very much.