Loan Update: Tommy Elphick to be recalled from Hull to shore up Villa defence.

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Elphick, who has started every game for Hull since being shipped out by Steve Bruce is set to be recalled by Villa.

It’s reported that Villa have now exercised the right to terminate the season long loan deal, in both a u-turn for the club but also a change of fortunes for the former Championship winning Captain of Bournemouth.

Elphick has been part of a Hull side which was on the foot of the table on his arrival, that have since climbed to 16th and with three wins in their last five.

Reviews are generally positive, with the local press’ view that 31 year old has ‘shone’ during his loan spell, following a number of ‘ballsy’ and ‘consistent‘ performances.

Despite massive player investment at Villa Park over the last three seasons, our glaring defences deficiencies remain and pose a significant threat to our promotion hopes.

Whilst the 3-2 home defeat to Leeds likely puts a nail in the coffin of automatic promotion, Villa must address having one of the leakiest defences in the division.

It’s fine having a dangerous array of attacking options, but we cannot start games knowing we’ll need to score at least two or even three times to secure a win.

With concerns about a possible injury layoff (or even a recall) for Axel Tuanzebe, James Chester’s iffy form/fitness and the lack of any experienced cover, expect Elphick back into the fray at Villa Park imminently.

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