Now I must admit, I haven’t always been the biggest fan of Fabian Delph. He was pretty hyped when we signed him from Leeds, but in the years since, we haven’t really ever seen the best of Delph, at least on a consistent basis. He’s had bad luck with injuries, and he can prove mightily frustrating with his sometimes over-committed approach.
He’s a walking yellow card at times, but when he’s good, as he was against West Ham (in my opinion), he certainly brings a lot to the table. I thought that his partnership with Ashley Westwood was mightily encouraging, and his energy and enthusiasm were welcome in a vitally important game. Centre-midfield has been far too weak for far too long at Villa Park, and if we can get the Delph of West Ham form playing on a consistent basis, then he could prove to be mightily important as we bid to stay up.
We’re starting to see a more settled line-up, and swap Bowery for Agbonlahor and I think that the starting eleven we saw against the Hammers, has what it takes to hopefully keep us in this division. That gives us real options on the bench with the likes of Bent, Dawkins and Sylla ready to get involved as we saw on Sunday. Back to Delph though, and ex Villa midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker had some nice things to say on the player, and for those who haven’t seen them, here is an excerpt of his comments:
“Fabian is so talented. He has an abundance of ability. The world is his oyster.
“He has so much quality but I don’t think people realise how much.
“I just hope he can stay injury-free because I know he’s had his fair of problems over the past few years. I hope he can have a good run in the team.
“I hope he continues to mature too and get better and better.
“Off the pitch he’s a fantastic, well-grounded lad. On the pitch I just love his tenacity. He has that old-school mentality about him.”
Once again we asked some fans on our Twitter page for their comments, and I have to say that by and large, they were very positive. What do you all think though? Can he play a big part this season and in the future? As I’ve already admitted he’s not one of my favourite players, but he’s slowly winning me around with his recent performances. And whatever league we find ourselves in next season, I wouldn’t mind him as part of the squad: UTV.
@upthevillanews used to want him gone but definitely think he’s now one of the more important players at the club, same with n’zogbia
— LewisGallagherAVFC (@Lewis_Gallagher) February 13, 2013
@upthevillanews I, can’t actually believe he was MOM on sunday. Awful. No touch, no awareness. Like a bull in a chinashop.
— Nik South (@Nik_South) February 13, 2013
@upthevillanews I’ve got a feeling that lambert sees something in him.
— Adam Wise (@AdamLukeWise) February 13, 2013
@upthevillanews Awesome, all-action player we need. Should rein it in a little and has to stay fit. Big presence for us though
— Sam Tighe(@stighefootball) February 13, 2013
@upthevillanews yes, surprised and pleased with how he has turned it around. still a LOT he can improve on but handy squad player at least
— TJ (@TJVillan) February 13, 2013
— julie lawrence (@julielawrence17) February 13, 2013
@upthevillanews taken too long to develop for me. If sylla, westwood, bowery, lowton, bennett etc take as long we will be in big trouble.
— Phil Waring (@chefpwaring) February 13, 2013