Delph: Westwood has talent and tenacity for big role in final run-in
Fabian Delph on Ashley Westwood.
1st Mar 2013
Delph: Westwood has talent and tenacity for big role in final run-in


Midfield ace Fabian Delph believes Ashley Westwood has the talent and tenacity to play a big role for Villa in the final run-in.

Delph has been thoroughly impressed by the way Westwood has managed to move seamlessly from League Two to the Premier League.

He thinks that's due to the midfielder's undoubted talent.

But Delph believes Westwood also has the tenacity to battle strongly in the central ground, forged from titanic tussles in the lower leagues.

He said: "Ashley has been terrific.

"I was in a similar position from him when I joined Villa. He helped Crewe to promotion from League Two to League One before joining us.

"So basically he has come from League Two to the Premier League which, on paper, is a ridiculous step-up. It's huge.

"But he's not looked out of place in any game. He's not looked out of place in any minute of any game.

"He's only going to get better for us. He's great to play with too. We have a good understanding.

"We communicate on the pitch and we get on really well off the pitch too. It's great to play with him.

"His running stats are very good. He digs in and works hard, he gets about the pitch, he's good on the ball, he's got composure, he can mix it up, he can go forward, he can work back - he's just a great player.

"He's come from a very tough division. We know what it's like to play in those lower divisions. You know that if the guy next to you is not up for the fight, you're in trouble. We're both up for the fight in that middle ground.

"We have a good understanding too, which is very important."

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