Stan Petrov has bad news for Barclays Premier League midfielders - Fabian Delph is getting stronger and fitter.
Petrov and Delph are big pals, having played together in claret and blue.
In fact, Delph said Petrov was a huge force in his development at Villa, urging him on as a fellow central ace and offering him words of encouragement as captain.
Petrov has been thrilled to watch the development of Delph this season, calling him the team's "best player" so far this term.
Despite the huge performances, winning seven man of the match awards in a row at one point, Petrov is confident there is plenty more to come from the former Leeds man.
He said: "Fabian has been the best player so far.
"At the end of the previous season and the start of this term, he's been great.
"I know Fabian. We are close friends. And I have seen, first-hand, the way he works. He is getting stronger and fitter all the time.
"The only thing he had been lacking is a goal. He had been trying and trying.
"He was very close at The Emirates so it was great to see him score the winner at Southampton.
"He is an important player for Villa. He is just so positive.
"He brings something different to the team. He brings calmness to the side. He talks. He gives the lads security. He plays a big part in my opinion."
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