Date of birth
Experienced defender Tommy Elphick completed a loan move from Aston Villa during the January 2018 transfer window. He debuted the following day in a 3-1 win away at Burton Albion.
Elphick arrived with more than 350 professional appearances to his name accrued during an impressive career spent at a total of three clubs to date – Brighton & Hove Albion, AFC Bournemouth and Aston Villa.
He came through the youth ranks as a Seagull and soon broke into the first team on the south coast. Tommy was first handed the captain’s armband at the age of 20, in the same season that he pipped former Royals striker Nicky Forster to Albion’s Player of the Season award, and he won promotion to the Championship with Brighton in 2010-11.
In 2012, he left Albion to move along the coastline and sign for Bournemouth. Again, chosen to sport the skipper’s armband, Elphick would win promotion to the Championship in his first full campaign as a Cherry.
Two years later, Tommy was an ever present in Bournemouth’s second tier title win – Eddie Howe’s side accruing 90 points to top the Championship table and earn promotion to the Premier League in 2014-15. The 5’11” centre-back had become the only man to captain the club to two separate promotion-winning campaigns.
His Premier League debut came on the opening day of the 2015-16 season against Aston Villa – the club he would join in the summer of 2016 – and he scored his only top flight goal past Chelsea’s Asmir Begovic towards the end of that inaugural top flight campaign.
A move to Villa Park saw him become Roberto Di Matteo’s first signing at the club and he was immediately identified as the club captain.