Despite the fact that he is already playing for an established Premier League club having made a high profile summer transfer, little is known about Aston Villa’s young star Fabian Delph.
Delph started his career with former Premier League giants Leeds United in 2001, aged 11 years old. He joined the Yorkshire club after being recommended to the clubs academy coach Greg Abbott by former Bradford manager Paul Jewell. Delph was progressing through Leeds academy at a time when they were enjoying both domestic and European success, challenging for honours on both fronts. The youth system was no stranger to young talent, producing a selection of promising young players including the likes of James Milner. He later began to break into the reserves side and after constantly impressing was handed the captains armband in 2007, aged just 17.
Delph’s potential was there for all at Leeds United to see and it wasn’t long before he was breaking into the first team at Elland Road. His performances in League One resulted in the youngster’s name being whispered around England, having begun to make a name for himself with clubs in both the Premier League and the Football League.
The 20 year old plays in central midfield although he is also able to play in an attacking midfield role. Delph became a key member in Leeds 2008-09 season as they reached the play-offs before crashing out to Millwall. His potential is shown by the fact that the youngster received the Young Player of the Year award, as well as a nomination for League One Player of the Year, an award that he lost out on to Leicester’s Matty Fryatt, who scored 27 goals that season. Delph also scooped the clubs awards of the year, winning Player’s Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year and Goal of the Season; very impressive for someone competing in their first full season.
The Aston Villa man plays the game with a boundless energy and is an exciting player to watch. He is noted for his superb composure on the ball, with a technique and vision expected of a player with several years of top flight experience. Delph also possesses a talent for long range shooting, having scored his fair share of wonder goals for Leeds last season. His left foot is deadly, you only have to watch the video attached at the bottom to realise this. When the youngster eventually cements a place within the Premier League, he is sure to be a regular on Match of the Day’s Goal of the Month.
Delph is also beginning to make a name for himself in the national sides. Having already made a few appearances for the England Under 18’s, Delph was then called up by Stuart Pearce to represent the Under 21’s side. After a string of appearances, Delph will be looking to cement his place within the international youth set-up.
The ex-Leeds man’s career with the Midland’s club has started relatively quietly, although the step up of two divisions cannot have been easy. Since starting in the opening day home loss to Wigan Athletic, Delph’s opportunities have been limited, but he is young, no doubt the youngster is developing his game under the tutelage of Martin O’Neill and the Premier League is likely to see more of him in due course.