Aston Villa Captain Tommy Elphick has made an interesting claim ahead of today’s match with Newcastle.

Villa are three points off the relegation places, 11 points off top spot, have won one game in nine this season which includes losing 3-1 to League Two Luton in the League Cup…

Yet Tommy Elphick claims that his club have ‘got the best squad and staff in the league’.

Obviously we all know that nothing is decided after only eight games of a 46 match season but it doesn’t appear that Aston Villa fans share their captain’s view.

Gates have already dropped by five thousand in recent weeks t under thirty thousand and there have already been some signs of unrest with regard to new manager Roberto di Matteo.

Signed from Bournemouth in the summer, Tommy Elphick insists it is only a question of time before Villa’s ‘talent’ gets it together.

Adding Villa ‘were always going to be playing catch up’ – but surely with well over 40 players moving in and out of St James Park, Newcastle United and Rafa Benitez had just as big a challenge early doors.

The Villa Captain says ‘We’ve always been compared to Newcastle this season so psychologically it (winning) would give us a big lift’, hopefully Newcastle will turn the screw from the start and remind the home side of who has actually got ‘the best squad in the league’.

Tommy Elphick talking to the official Villa website:

“I believe 100% in the talent we’ve got in the dressing room now. I believe we’ve got the best squad and staff in the league. That’s going to take time to come together.

“We were always going to be playing catch up and we are doing that and that’s always going to put pressure on us – at the same time it gives an impetus to go and get three points on Saturday.

 “Training has just got better and better as the season’s gone on – the performances have been there. We’ve been a victim of small margins.

“We’ve seen a team fighting for the same thing, fighting for each other, I’m pretty sure we’re close to turning those performances into wins.

“Winning brings everyone together. Working in a winning team makes it a whole lot easier.

We’ve always been compared to Newcastle this season so psychologically it (winning) would give us a big lift.”