By Dan Harrison
Fabian Delph is determined to make a big impact in Villa's midfield after admitting: "This is the best I've felt for a long time."
Delph's progress has been hampered by injuries since he joined the club from Leeds United in 2009.
But the 22-year-old has made an encouraging start this term under new boss Paul Lambert.
He has been named in the starting line-up for six of Villa's nine matches this season and scored his second Villa goal in the Capital One Cup victory over Tranmere Rovers.
"I feel good. I feel stronger than I have in the past," said Delph.
"I started the season then ended up out of the team but I've been working hard and managed to get back in.
"I'm pleased with that but I want to push on, do better and have a lot more of an impact that I have done.
"I had a good run last year but obviously I wasn't fully fit. I am now and it is nice to be fully fit.
"People judge you when you get a run of games in the team and it is nice to be judged when you are fully fit."
With no game this weekend because of the international break, Delph has been knuckling down in training at Bodymoor Heath.
Although Paul Lambert has granted his troops some recovery time, Delph says the sessions have still been intense for those who aren't away with their national sides.
"It happens every now and again with the break," he said.
"There are less people training but we just get on with it and treat it like a normal week.
"The gaffer gives us a few days off to recuperate but the days that we are in are quite tough.
"Usually we have a couple of hard sessions and a couple of running sessions to get our heart rates up and then go off for a few days and have a little break."
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