Tommy Elphick has spent the majority of the season on Aston Villa’s bench, mainly due to the summer arrival of John Terry.
The defender, who joined the Midlands outfit from Bournemouth in 2016, did not play for almost three months after getting sent off in Villa’s 2-0 defeat to Middlesbrough in September.
During Terry’s injury layoff in December, Elphick was brought back into the team by manager Steve Bruce.
The 30-year-old impressed in a four-game spell, but he has not featured since Villa’s 5-0 rout over Bristol City on New Year’s Day.
Last week, the ex-Bournemouth captain was presented with more competition when Axel Tuanzebe was signed on loan from Manchester United.
Now it appears that Elphick will be leaving Villa on a temporary deal himself, with Sky Sports reporting that he is on the verge of signing for Reading until the end of the season.
After the news emerged, some fans expressed disappointment in the defender’s imminent exit, while others are satisfied with the reported deal.
Won 4 in a row, scoring 10 and conceding 1 in the process whilst playing the best football we have seen in a decade…
Tommy Elphick out on loan? Nah mate Bruce out.#AVFC
— Big D ⛏️✊ (@Hot_Diggity_D) January 29, 2018
Granting Elphick a move is a mistake IMO. #AVFC
— ?AVFCTranstweet 跨鸣叫 (@AVFCTransTweet) January 29, 2018
Don’t fully understand the upset at Elphick going. 2 months ago we couldn’t give him away. Would much rather the game time go to Suliman if there are injuries #avfc
— Tom Harding (@tomjoeharding) January 29, 2018
Think it's a bit risky leaving Elphick leave. He's out best cover option. Terry and Samba are probably both gone in the summer too #avfc
— olin myers (@olinmyers77) January 29, 2018
With Elphick’s loan move potentially being made permanent in the summer then can see why we’ve let him go now. #avfc
— Rob Jones (@UpTheAstonVilla) January 29, 2018
Elphick to Reading: mistake
Tshibola to anywhere: hood
No one else joining: risky
Hope you know what you’re doing Steve. #avfc
— dave (@doc3d) January 29, 2018
Ditching Tommy Elphick is rank bad management & typifies the incompetent approach from the wasters in charge. The pantomime continues #AVFC
— Had Enough (@RussellBeard433) January 29, 2018
#AVFC Elphick going on loan. He wants to go so why keep him against his will? Shall we tie him up maybe? He wants first team action. We cannot offer that. Wish him well.
— Gavin McKenna (@GMCK25) January 29, 2018