By Harvey Byrne

Aston Villa youngster Andre Green has said that every team needs a Tommy Elphick.

The 28-year-old defender has started in all four of Villa’s league matches since his move to Villa Park from Bournemouth for a £3million fee earlier in the summer.

Elphick was handed the captain’s armband shortly after joining the club and Green, 18, has spoken highly of his leadership qualities, revealing that he helps everyone within the Villa squad.

The experienced centre-back moved across the south coast from Brighton to the Cherries in 2012, when Bournemouth were in League One.

The Brighton-born defender played a key role in Bournemouth’s rise to the top flight starring in 145 encounters during his four-year stay at the club. He was also the club’s captain.

Roberto Di Matteo has been keen to reshape his Aston Villa side this summer and targeted Elphick as the player to help guide his side back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

The Italian boss has brought in six players this summer and Elphick wasn’t the only player to move down a league, after Mile Jedinak and James Chester left Crystal Palace and West Brom respectively.

In other Aston Villa team news, Villa midfielder Jordan Veretout has joined Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne on loan.