Fabian Delph

Name:
Fabian Delph
Nationality:
English
Date of Birth:
21/11/1989
Height:
5' 8" (174cm)
Weight:
9st 6lbs (60.0kg)
Previous Clubs:
Manchester City, Leeds (loan), England U21, Leeds
Position:
Midfielder


Fabian Delph had a standout 2014-15 campaign for Villa - and took home the player of the season award as voted for by the club's fans.

The decision was hailed by boss Tim Sherwood who admitted that Delph would also have been his pick for the gong.

Delph led the way for Villa - picking up the captain's armband during the term - and also enjoyed international recognition with England.

He started the first eight games of the term, barring the 1-0 League Cup defeat to Leyton Orient, before being sidelined with a shoulder injury, which required surgery.

The Bradford-born 25-year-old was absent for eight games in total during that period and returned - quicker than expected - for the 1-0 away defeat to West Brom, where he was brought on as a second half sub.

He then started against Man Utd, Swansea and Sunderland before being suspended for three games for his red card against the Black Cats.

Delph sat out the 2-1 FA Cup fourth round victory over Bournemouth but the Cherries game revolved around the midfield colossus.

Ahead of kick-off, with the press trumpeting an end-of-season move to Liverpool, it was announced that Delph had signed a new four-and-a-half year deal in claret and blue.

The news was beamed live on the big screen at Villa Park so loyal fans could watch the update themselves, delivered by the man himself.

After that win, Delph was then an ever-present for the rest of the term.

The closing months provided some standout moments for the skipper, including a couple of vital goals in our run to the FA Cup final.

He bagged a decisive one over the Baggies in the quarter-final and the winning goal over Liverpool in the semi-final at Wembley.

Recognition also came with the Three Lions.

In August 2014, Delph was named in the senior England squad for the first time, ahead of a friendly against Norway and the first Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland.

He made his international debut in the Norway game, coming on as a 69th-minute substitute for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as England won 1-0.

Five days later, in England's first match of Euro 2016 qualification, Delph made his first start and played the entirety of a 2-0 victory away to Switzerland at St. Jakob-Park, Basel.

He now had five caps in total - which could climb to seven if he's involved in the end-of-season games against Republic of Ireland and Slovenia.

Delph made his debut for Leeds as a 16-year-old and quickly became one of England's brightest young talents after some sterling performances with his boyhood club.

His displays earned him the League One young player of the year award in 2008-09 as well as the players' player of the year.

Villa came calling that summer and he joined in time to star in the pre-season friendly against Fiorentina as he looked to battle the likes of Stan Petrov, Nigel Reo-Coker and Steve Sidwell for a place in the team.

The following seasons were to prove tough ones for the starlet, who suffered a raft of knee issues.

But he's now building on the promise he offered as a young and hungry professional.

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