Fabian Delph could be rewarded for his excellent form this season with a new contract at Aston Villa, and the midfielder has admitted he would be more than happy to spend the rest of his career at Villa Park.
After signing for the club in 2009, Delph failed to make much of an impact at Villa due to a string of injury problems. However, the midfielder has managed to get himself back fully fit and injury-free, and the 23-year old has finally begun to show just why the club paid Leeds United a reported £8million for his services four years ago.
Delph has been instrumental in Villa’s encouraging early-season form, producing a string of eye-catching performances in the team’s midfield and enhancing his chances of an England call-up. Despite talk of next summer’s World Cup, the youngster has insisted he is just enjoying being back playing football regularly after a tough few years, admitting he is very open to the prospect of committing his long-term future to the club.
“For me it’s just about playing games, staying fit, helping my team-mates and just repaying people back. I’m sure if I stay fit, which is a big thing for me, then hopefully I might be offered a new contract. I’d love to be here for the rest of my career but that’s not up to me,” revealed Delph, according to the Betfair website.
Villa manager, Paul Lambert, has made no secret of his feelings towards Delph, praising the youngster’s work-ethic and form since the start of the season, calling for the former England U21 star to be called up to the senior squad in the run-up to next summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
While there may be a number of midfielders currently ahead of Delph in the England pecking order, not many of those players are playing as well as the Villa star.
Villa chief executive, Paul Faulkner, has admitted the club have been impressed by the young midfielder’s form this season and are looking at Delph’s contract situation, well aware that other clubs could soon begin looking at the former Leeds player.
“Fabian has had a great start to the season, and it’s especially good to see after the injuries he had to overcome at the start of his Villa career. In terms of player contracts, we manage these very closely and will make sure we act at the right time in the best interests of the club.”
Delph is just one of a number of exciting youngsters at Villa that have really begun to settle into playing in the Premier League. Lambert has never been shy of using young players during his managerial career, and the Villa manager has put a lot of emphasis on youth during his time at the club.
The likes of Delph, Ashley Westwood, Nathan Barker, Antonio Luna and Andreas Weimann have all been given their chance to start for Villa this season, and all have earned plaudits from Betfair pundits, showing that they can handle the rigours of playing in the Premier League.
However, while the young players have so far handled themselves well this season and let nobody down, there may be a time when Lambert feels he needs more experience in his side to make sure the club is not dragged into a relegation fight like the one they found themselves in last season.
Until then, the youngsters still have the chance to hold onto their places and continue to build on their promising start to the season.