Aston Villa

nEW kIDS oN tHE BLock – ‘Hello Me Old China!’

Aston Villa’s Fabian Delph is destined for great things. As one of England’s rising stars, he is set to emerge in a brand new generation of players to be ruthlessly castigated at a World Cup for gross underachievement on the global stage.

No sooner had a forlorn Steven Gerrard and company touched down at Heathrow Airport before the likes of Wilshere, Rodwell and Delph were being paraded by the tabloids as our nation’s great saviours.

Like a Phoenix majestically rising from the ashes of ignominious defeat in South Africa, Fabian Delph and his young colleagues are certain to ride to the rescue in four years time restoring national pride whilst bearing the Swords of Truth and the Shields of Justice.

Yeah, I’m not completely sold on the idea either but the 20-year-old midfielder looks like he might prove to be a bit useful. Signed from Leeds for £6m in July last year, Delph’s appearances for Martin O’Neill’s side have been rare so far but he has already shown plenty of evidence for his attacking flair and undoubted ability.

His fledgling career has temporarily been put on hold whilst he recovers from surgery on a ruptured cruciate ligament incurred during training back in April but he is expected to work his way into the side in front on the ageing Petrov and form a central partnership with James Milner – should the latter choose to stay.

Although it might be a little optimistic to predict an England triumph at World Cup 2014, it is probably safe to assume that Fabian Delph will be one name on the squad list.

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