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Albion need to show killer instinct, says Elphick

Tommy expecting intriguing battle between two of his former clubs.

By Charlie Hanson • 21 November 2020

By Craig Doyle
Albion need to show a killer instinct according to former defender Tommy Elphick.

Former defender Tommy Elphick believes that if Albion stick to their philosophy and show a killer instinct they can get a positive result against Aston Villa at Villa Park today.

The 33-year-old came through Albion's academy, making 182 appearances between 2005 and 2012.

By Paul Hazlewood
Tommy Elphick celebrates promotion with Albion in 2011 alongside Elliott Bennett and Gordon Greer.

He subsequently played for Bournemouth before joining Villa in 2016, helping both clubs win promotion to the Premier League.

“Albion and Villa need points for different reasons. For Brighton it's a bit frustrating at the moment because every time you watch them they play really well, but they aren't getting the rewards their performances deserve.

“They look like they have got a real philosophy that they stick to and if they keep approaching the games as they do they will get results.

“The one thing that has let them down is killing off games and not taking the big chances which fall their way. They will have long spells on the ball, but they have got to make sure they turn that into goals.”

Now at Huddersfield Town, Elphick is expecting a tough afternoon for Albion at Villa Park against a side who could go top of the Premier League if they win.

“Villa have made a flying start. They did very well to avoid relegation last season when they got themselves out of a position that not a lot of people though they would.

“We always knew how good Jack Grealish was and how good he could go on to be – he has made big strides this season. We knew he had the ability on the pitch, it was just off it he wasn’t maybe looking after himself as best as he could.

“Now he is becoming the player we thought he could be, and that's not just in England but on the international stage.”

By Paul Hazlewood
Tommy Elphick believes Danny Welbeck and Adam Lallana have been excellent additions.

Albion have their own quality to offer though, including experienced summer arrivals in Adam Lallana, Joel Veltman and Danny Welbeck.

“It shows how far Brighton have come that they can attract players of that ilk and reputation. It's also important that you get the balance right between the youth and experience – Brighton haven't missed a trick there.

“In the summer they lost a bit of experience and they needed to replace that and bringing those three in will not only help off the pitch, but be a massive plus in the dressing room. They will show the young players what it takes to be a top professional.”

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