Delph Week: Fab shines for passes, dribbles and interceptions
Having cemented his place in the side in the second half of the season, it's fair to say that Villa have witnessed Fabian Delph's best form in the claret and blue since signing for the club in the summer of 2009.
Injuries have hampered the 23 year old's progress since then, but his best years are still ahead of him and statistically he was a key player for the club last season, shining in terms of passing, dribbling and interceptions in particular.
Delph made an accurate pass more frequently than any other Villa player, with one every 1.88 minutes - enough to rank just below Frank Lampard in the Premier League.
His pass accuracy of 87.8% was also the best at the club, ranking in 33rd in the Premier League, and just one place behind England international Michael Carrick, famed for his ability to keep possession with pinpoint balls in midfield.
An average of 1.42 successful dribbles was also among the top 20 players in the top-flight (16th), marginally less than the likes of Theo Walcott (1.47).
Most impressively though, of all Premier League players to complete at least 20 dribbles last season, Delph has the best success rate at 85%, well in advance of the division's top dribblers in terms of per game figures - Luis Suarez (37%), Adel Taarabt (56%) and Santi Cazorla (66%).
Meanwhile, at Villa, only Matt Lowton completed more tackles and interceptions per game than Delph last season, with 2.3 and 2.8 respectively, ranking 9th in the Premier League in terms of the latter.
However, when taking the fact that five of the 23 year old's 24 league appearances came from the bench into consideration, Delph jumps to 4th in the entire league, and above Lowton, when it comes to minutes per interception (25).
When continuing to look at his impact on the side defensively, Paul Lambert's men conceded just 1.58 goals per game with Delph in the side compared to 2.05 when he was not in the starting XI.
The former Leeds man has progressed extremely well in what is his first season at the club free of injury and the signs are encouraging following an extended run in the side.
The combative midfielder's average for interceptions per game has doubled from 1.4 last season, with his figures for passes (35 to 43), tackles (2.1 to 2.3) and dribbles (1.1 to 1.4) per game are also on the rise.
Meanwhile, his previously mentioned pass accuracy of 87.8% is up from 81.3% last year and his form in the crucial run-in as Villa staved off the threat of relegation was clear.
His rating from WhoScored.com has increased significantly in turn, up from 6.42 last season to 6.84 this, picking up a huge average of 7.66 in the final four games of the campaign.
It's clear that that Fabian could become a key player in the coming seasons.
Find yet more statistics on Aston Villa and the rest of the Premier League, including live in-game data and unique player and team ratings at WhoScored.com. Follow @WhoScored and their editor-in-chief @martinlaurence7 on Twitter.
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