Manchester City supporters have been in high spirits in recent times after seeing their team reach the last four of the Carabao Cup earlier this week.
Pep Guardiola’s men went into their meeting with fellow Premier League side Leicester City having got past Oxford United and Fulham to reach the quarter-finals, as they seek to defend the title they won comfortably against Arsenal at Wembley back in February. And the Citizens took another step towards doing just that after emerging victorious from a penalty shootout at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday night, what with the scores level at 1-1 after 90 minutes given Marc Albrighton cancelled out Kevin De Bruyne’s opener for the visitors.
Nonetheless, there have been many thrilled City fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are daring to dream about what their team could go on to achieve this season given they remain in three competitions, and will enter the FA Cup next month.
And given Benjamin Mendy’s injury problems, one man who looks set to be key for the Citizens in the second half of the season is Fabian Delph, who made the move to the Etihad Stadium under the stewardship of Manuel Pellegrini back in 2015 for £10.35 million (as per Transfermarkt).
And given how well the England international has filled in when called upon by Guardiola in recent times, be it in his more natural position in central midfield or indeed down the left-hand-side, Delph has certainly produced the goods to suggest that the Spaniard owes Pellegrini a great deal for equipping him with a vital Man City ace.
Ultimately, there were a few raised eyebrows when the 29-year-old made the move to the Etihad Stadium back in 2015 after six years at Aston Villa, and with just 17 Premier League appearances in his first season at the club, those doubts remained pretty rife throughout his opening 12 months in the North West.
Things didn’t get much better immediately under Guardiola either with just seven league appearances the season after in their run to fourth place under the ex-Barcelona chief, but it was last term in their record-breaking title-winning campaign in which Delph really proved his worth to the Spaniard as a result of his immense versatility.
Yes, there were a handful of instances in which the Englishman did a job in the middle of the park, but on the whole it was at left back in which Delph was called upon in various competitions during the 2017/18 campaign – between him and Oleksandr Zinchenko, they did a fine job of deputising for the injured Mendy.
And that trend looks set to continue this time round following another injury to the Frenchman, with Delph having appeared 13 times in all competitions already this season, including starts in four of their last five Premier League games at left back – the fact Guardiola hasn’t signed another left back is somewhat testament to the 29-year-old.
So while it was a signing which surprised many back in 2015, with manager-at-the-time Pellegrini then not really utilising the 29-year-old, it is clear that he has become a vital member of the squad under Guardiola in a bid to plug the void at left back – thus, the Spaniard has Pellegrini to thank for providing him with a vital City ace.
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