Following the introduction of the new Premier League rules, the pressure is on clubs to give their young stars more playing time this season. Here at Caughtoffside, we will be taking a look at some of the stars to watch out for, Aston Villa’s midfielder Fabian Delph is next up on the list.
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Name: Fabian Delph
Club: Aston Villa
Position: Central Midfielder
Aston Villa’s young midfielder Fabian Delph may not be able to play until later on into the 2010/2011 season, but will be likely to be pressing for a place in the first team when he returns from his knee injury.
Delph spent three impressive years at Leeds United before transferring to Aston Villa after the 2009 play-off defeat to Millwall. He chose to move to the Midlands club and link up with manager Martin O’Neil despite reported interest from Tottenham, Sunderland, Everton, Manchester City and Fulham. Delph made his Premier League debut against Wigan Athletic on the opening day of the 2009/2010 season and went on to feature in a handful of games throughout the season.
He scored his first goal for the club in January this year during an FA Cup tie against Brighton and Hove Albion. O’Neill’s plan to slowly introduce Delph into the Villa side was going well, and the youngster was showing signs of improvement every time he pulled on the shirt, but suffered an unfortunate set-back in April. Delph was carried away from the Aston Villa training ground with a cruciate ligament injury, ending his hopes of featuring at the start of the coming season.
If James Milner gets his wish and is to leave Aston Villa for Manchester City, Delph could have been the man to fill his boots, but now will not get his chance until at least Christmas.
Delph is a pacey player with an eye for goal, scoring some fantastic goals during his time at Leeds. He is also a very intelligent player and is more than capable of linking up his side’s midfield and attack.
Hopefully he will be able to fully recover from his injury and feature prominently for Aston Villa this season, adding to their already established crop of English talent.