With the European transfer window and EFL loan window slamming shut imminently, Villains manager Steve Bruce will be feeling the pressure to sort out any potential outgoings as soon as possible.
After a cash injection from Tony Xia, helping the Birmingham-based side out of the financial mire, and keeping hold of star player Jack Grealish, amidst interest from Premier League Tottenham, Aston Villa fans will be feeling much better about their club.
On the pitch, Villa have had a very solid start to the season. The Clarets have conceded in each game, but scored plenty.
Off the pitch, time is running out for Steve Bruce to sort out the future of any players who don’t have a future at Villa Park, with the EFL loan window and European transfer windows slamming shut soon.
With that in mind, if these two Aston Villa players fail to show what they can do soon, Steve Bruce must look to sell them imminently…
Mark Bunn is so far down the Villa Park pecking order that surely the 33-year-old is just wasting a wage.
With Orjan Nyland first choice between the sticks, on loan Portuguese Atletico Madrid stopper Andre Moreira has the place as Nyland’s understudy. With Montenegran youth-international Matija Sarkic, it is unknown if Bunn is even third choice at Villa Park.
Surely at 33-years-old, Bunn wants first-team football. Steve Bruce has a decision to make about his future, and he needs to make it quickly. Time is of the essence with the window slamming shut shortly.
The 30-year-old is a solid Championship defender, but if he has lost his place in the starting eleven at Villa Park he will likely be considering a move away from the Midlands.
Elphick is valued at £2.25m by Transfermarkt. He needs to show Steve Bruce what he can do in training to avoid being sold. A somewhat traditional centre-back, Bruce might have other ideas about how to take Villa forward which don’t invoice a first-team role for the ex-Brighton man.
With the window slamming shut soon, Bruce will have to make his decision quickly.