It has been said that players need to be sold for Bruce to bring some in. In my opinion this is needed, we need to get rid of a few players and bring in just a few quality additions. I’m gonna go through the players that I think are surplus to requirements.
Things haven’t worked out at Villa for Elphick as we hoped. Roberto Di Matteo picked him up last season for £3.3m from Bournemouth.
At the time this looked a good, astute signing as the centre half had the credentials we were looking for. He was a leader, a winner and had good Championship experience.
After the first game everyone was praising him for putting his head where it hurts. Unfortunately for the former Brighton player, he became a liability at the back.
Slow on and off the ball and didn’t look comfortable when playing. Earlier on in the season Baker got injured and instead of Elphick coming on to replace him, Bruce moved Mile Jedinak back into centre half. Whether this means anything is yet to be seen.
He’s a good player to have in the dressing room but at this moment in time we need a bit more than just that.