Fabian Delph

Fabian Delph
Date of Birth:
5' 8" (174cm)
9st 6lbs (60.0kg)
Previous Clubs:
Leeds (loan), England U21, Leeds

Midfielder Fabian Delph received the ultimate accolade in August 2014 - a senior call-up for England.

It was not a real surprise, given his exemplary performances for Villa over the previous few seasons.

Delph was, in fact, unanimously named the player of the season by both fans and players for his impact and consistency throughout the 2013-14 campaign.

As a former England U19 regular, the sought-after midfielder was regarded as one of the country's hottest prospects and was snapped up by Martin O'Neill in August 2009 with a number of Barclays Premier League clubs thought to be interested in the Leeds United man.

In August 2009, Delph's full Premier League debut came on the opening day of the season, at home against Wigan Athletic - a week after impressing for the first time in a home friendly against Fiorentina.

He scored his first goal in an FA Cup tie against Brighton and Hove Albion that same season.

In April 2010, just as he was starting to become established in the first team, Delph suffered a cruciate knee injury, keeping him out of action for 10 months.

Delph returned to Leeds on loan in a bid to complete his recovery but his stay was cut short after acquiring an ankle injury.

Undeterred, throughout the 2012-2013 season, he became a regular in Paul Lambert's side, finishing the season with 24 appearances.

In the latter half of the term, he formed an intuitive partnership with Ashley Westwood and Yacouba Sylla in the claret and blue midfield.

But, as his accolade suggests, it was during the 2013-14 season where he really came into his own.

In an opening day victory at Arsenal, Delph was talismanic, successfully dribbling, tackling and passing throughout the 90 minutes.

He also was within a whisker of netting his first top-flight goal and saw his shot hit inside the left post of Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny before flying out.

The season overall included several stand-out performances, not least against Everton, Liverpool and Chelsea - the latter seeing a cheeky backheel goal to earn a remarkable victory.

Before he moved to Elland Road, the Yorkshire-born midfielder started at Bradford City.

And, as far as his Villa career is concerned the 24-year-old will feel like he is making up for lost time.

Fabian Delph's home shirt is sponsored by Wright Restaurants/away shirt is sponsored by John Day.

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