Fabian Delph: Arsenal keen on landing the Aston Villa star.
Aston Villa have begun deliberations with England midfielder Fabian Delph over a new contract, scaring off the challenge of Arsenal and Everton.
The 26-year old, who featured for Roy Hodgson’s side in the narrow win over Estonia in the Euro Qualifiers, has been targeted by Arsene Wenger and Martinez as a possible transfer bargain in January.
Speculations had abounded that the midfielder would be open to a move upwards to further his chances of regular invitations to the Three Lions set up but it appears he’s going to settle for Villa where he is guaranteed regular football.
Arriving in 2009, Delph has become one of the giants of Paul Lambert’s midfield at Aston Villa, forming the spine of the team with the likes of Brad Guzan, captain Ron Vlaar and Gabriel Agbonlahor. Impressive performances for Villa this season, following from strong outings which saw Villa safe in the League last term, have earned him back-to-back International caps with Roy Hodgson’s England.
It now appears the midfielder will be keen to test his might in a bigger club which will offer him the chance to stake a claim for a more regular place in the England’s midfield, and Arsenal have been touted as his likely destination.
The unending injury concerns in the Arsenal team, especially in midfield where Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta absences have rendered us short in should see Wenger consider a January bid as sensible giving the growing crater in the Arsenal midfield. Jack Wilshere’s surely growing in the command he asserts in games, but considering the long haul in every season, we need quality as well as quantity, especially in the middle of the park.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is considered a wide man, Wilshere and Rosicky are the other options on the central midfield department – and they are obviously not enough, with both having records of recurring injuries.
Aston Villa are desperate to tie the 26 year old to a new contract which is sure to include some hefty buy out fee. However, with his current deal to run out in the summer, they may be under pressure to cash-in on him during the winter window rather than let him go on a free. English players now available at a premium means Villa could recoup some good fee from Arsenal even in January, probably not as much as the £24 million received from City for James Milner.
Delph has the attributes to fit into Arsene Wenger’s set up as his energy and work-rate make him one who is never lost in a game. A left-footed player, he is able to take chances with his right foot with a good measure of accuracy. As an English lad, he is sure to develop good understanding with fellow England teammates Chamberlain and Wilshere in the Arsenal midfield, also carrying it on into the Three Lions.
His England debut against Norway at Wembley saw him in his combative cloak, hacking and hassling, albeit recklessly. Nevertheless, it showed an essential ingredient of his game on the defensive front. He is able to put in a shift for the team to cover the defence while, at the same time, making bursting runs into the opponents’ area. He continued to be impressive in the recent game at Tallin after missing out due to injury at Wembley against San Marino.
Villa’s resistance to let him go, Delph’s reluctance to stay, or Arsenal’s persistence in taking him; It is to be seen which will prevail. It mayn’t take a break bank deal to get him but Villa could be convinced with an enticing package.
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