Ian Taylor says Fabian Delph should be proud of the way he finished the season.
Delph became an integral player in Paul Lambert's flourishing team in the closing weeks of the term and showed his class and courage in abundance.
Legend Taylor was certainly impressed with the way Delph bounced back from injury and suspension issues to star in claret and blue.
He said: "Fabian came on big-time in the final few weeks of the season.
"All he really needed was to stay fit and have a run of games. "He found it difficult because he was playing, not playing, getting suspended, getting injured.
"Then he settled down, got better each week and definitely grew in stature.
"Fabian will be pleased with the latter half of the season - playing a host of games in our good run.
"He will definitely be a big player for us next season. "I remember Gary McAllister saying to me: 'Watch out for this boy, he's going to be a really good player.'
"I can see what he means. The thing is, too, he's only young and he's got plenty of time on his hands.
"He's a good lad, he's got a good attitude and the manager will take great pride in bringing players like him through and making him a top Premier League player.
"With the manager being a midfielder himself he appreciates the need for ball retention. It's clearly a big plus in his vision for the future.
"He's looking at Fabian and Westy to be the guys in the middle of the park that keep the ball for him, along with Yacouba Sylla, who's still learning about the top-flight.
"These guys don't fly forward and score loads of goals. But they keep things ticking over in midfield."
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