Everton midfielder Fabian Delph has revealed his intentions to take up an extra role and become a leader to the academy players at Goodison Park following his summer move from Manchester City, as told to the club’s official match programme and quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
The England international joined Everton from the reigning Premier League holders in July as part of a deal worth up to £10million (BBC), and penned a three-year, £80,000-a-week contract (Spotrac) with the Blues.
Delph moved to Everton having helped City toward clinching a domestic treble, with the 29-year-old placing his hands on the FA Cup trophy for the first time in a season that saw the 20-cap man also win his third Premier League and EFL Cup titles (TransferMarkt).
The midfielder now hopes he can use that experience to help guide the careers of some of the youngsters on the Toffees’ books, having already proven himself to be a key figure in Marco Silva’s side that secured wins over Lincoln City in the Carabao Cup and at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the league.
“If someone has their head in the right place and wants to learn, and I can give them some advice, I will,” Delph said, before revealing a discussion he had with Anthony Gordon after Everton returned from their pre-season friendly with Werder Bremen.
“Gords’s head is in the right place, he is a very talented guy and I love talking to him. Any information I can pass on is a blessing for me.”
Having someone like Delph to offer a hand on a personal level could prove to be a huge advantage for Gordon as he looks to progress through the ranks at Everton, as he can look to tap into his wealth of experience.
During Delph’s time at Manchester City, he was rarely awarded the chance to ply his trade in his natural central midfield position by Pep Guardiola, but was able to earn his manager’s faith at left-back – a position he played in for 13 of his 20 outings last season (TransferMarkt).
As for Gordon, the 18-year-old is yet to add to his only senior appearance at Everton, which came almost two years ago as a late substitute when the Blues beat Apollon Limassol in a Europa League Group E tie.
Gordon is starting to find his feet in the Toffees’ Under 23s, though, as he has started the latest Premier League 2 campaign with four goals in three games, having hit just a single successful strike in 14 youth league outings under David Unsworth last term.
Unsworth will undoubtedly have to rely on Gordon to score much more this season than last, as the former first-team interim head coach is now without his 2018/19 top-goalscorers Fraser Hornby and Bassala Sambou.
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