It is hard to believe that Fabian Delph is only 29-years-old considering the amount of time it has felt like he has been around and the marginal role he has taken up at his current club.
Former Leeds United man Fabian Delph left in 2009 as one of the club’s most promising prospects to join Martin O’Neill’s Aston Villa for a fee estimated at around £8 million.
At the time of his move he told AVTV (via The Guardian): “There are a lot of young English players here, an absolutely superb manager and this is the club I’ve chosen to play for so hopefully I can do well. I’m absolutely delighted. It’s a big step up but I’m looking forward to it.”
“I’ve managed to get the move here and I’m going to work my hardest and hopefully the gaffer will give me the opportunity to play. I’ve been to look at the ground and it’s absolutely unreal. It’s mind blowing. If I get the chance to play in it and do well, I’ll be really chuffed with myself.”
Funnily enough, Leeds supposedly rejected a bid from Manchester City in favour of the Midlands club.
Following a brief loan spell back at his first club, and some major injury spells, Delph’s career at Villa finally took off. His performances in midfield may not have produced silverware, but they helped Villa toward some of their strongest finishes to date – and it is perhaps no surprise that his departure coincided with the club’s relegation in 2016.
Now, we do not want to go around brandishing players snaky, but in the case of Fabian Delph, we consider his past actions a little questionable.
Before his move in 2015 Delph reiterated to the official website (via The Guardian): “I’m aware there has been intense media speculation surrounding my future in the last 24 hours and I want to set the record straight. I’m not leaving. I’m staying at the football club and I can’t wait for the start of the season and captaining this great football club.”
As we all know, he immediately backtracked and joined Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City side shortly after.
We can question the morals and his decision, but certainly not the logic.
Indeed, since his move, Aston Villa have passed into the Championship and he has won a Premier League title and three English League Cups.
Admittedly, Delph may not be featuring as much as he would like to have these past few seasons, occupying a peripheral role in the squad, and often playing out of position at left-back, but he is surrounded by world-class talent under Pep Guardiola – so we are sure he is not complaining.