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Everton recently landed their third signing of the summer when they moved to secure Fabian Delph from Manchester City, in a deal said to be worth up to £10m.
The England international was pushed further down the pecking order at the Etihad Stadium after the arrivals of Rodri and Angelino, so his decision to join the Toffees makes sense in that regard.
Delph, 29, has signed a three-year deal and is a fantastic addition for such a small fee. He brings a wealth of experience, versatility and talent to Marco Silva’s side, and Stan Collymore certainly seems to think the Toffees have made a good signing.
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In The Sunday People (21/07, page 55), the former Liverpool man said: “Delph could be very good for the club in the same way Phil Neville was when he joined from Manchester United in 2005. Neville demanded that standards be higher and was a force for good – and Delph will do the same.
“I’d give him the captain’s armband too and tell the rest of them to follow the leader because he will set the tone.”
How many new signings go straight into the side and become captain?
It has even been argued that the former Leeds man wouldn’t even get into Silva’s preferred starting XI, so it seems far-fetched to say that Delph should be handed the armband and play a shining role as Collymore seems to think.
There are already players worthy of being captain at Goodison Park. Seamus Coleman has been there for a decade now. Michael Keane has emerged as somewhat of a leader. Coleman is even captain for his country – presumably, handing the armband to a new boy would raise a few eyebrows on Merseyside.
You can appreciate where Collymore is coming from, but to say that he should immediately be appointed captain and the others should ‘follow’ him is doing a disservice to the other key cogs at Everton.