First comes one of the new signings at Villa Park this summer, Tommy Elphick. Elphick was signed from Premier League club Bournemouth on a three-year deal.
The 28-year-old made 142 appearances for Bournemouth throughout his time at the club scoring 5 goals, he captained Bournemouth to the Championship title in the 2014-2015 season, having also led them up from League One two seasons earlier.
He made just 14 appearances during Bournemouth’s first season in the top flight because of an ankle injury.
Elphick is a leader on and off the pitch and will be a commanding figure in Villa’s back line next season, as they look to make their way back into the big time at the first time of asking.
Elphick’s experience of league football will be vital throughout the forthcoming campaign.