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Aston Villa defender names hard-hitting legends as idols

By Amir Mir

Tommy Elphick has revealed he grew up idolising Arsenal’s Tony Adams and current Chelsea captain John Terry.

Elphick, 28 who is the club captain at Aston Villa, signed for the Midlands giants in July from Premier League outfit Bournemouth for £5million.

The hard-hitting centre-back is known for his tough tackling, and just like Terry and Adams he is known for his leadership in the dressing room and on the pitch.

When asked which players he looked up to while growing up, Elphick named the Arsenal and Chelsea legends.

“I started off [idolising] Tony Adams,” Elphick told the club’s official Twitter account. “Then quite quickly turned into John Terry.”

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Adams made 669 appearances for Arsenal during a 19-year period, 14 of those were as captain with 10 major trophies to his name.

Dubbed as “Mr Arsenal”, Adams is regarded as one of the greatest defenders of the last three decades.

In contrast Terry has won 14 major trophies for Chelsea, as the one-club man has made 675 appearances in all competitions.

Elphick has made five appearances for Roberto Di Matteo’s side this season, picking up three yellow cards and helping to keep two clean sheets.

He will guide his team out against Nottingham Forrest on 11 September in an eagerly awaited Championship clash, and Villa fans will be hoping he can live up to his idols this season.

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