Danny Mills spot on with verdict on Everton’s signing of Fabian Delph

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Danny Mills believes Everton’s signing of Fabian Delph could bring a winning edge to the team, per Football Insider.

What did he say?

Delph signed for the Toffees this summer for a £10m fee having spent the last four years at Manchester City, where he contributed to a side that won six trophies.

He has also won 20 caps for England, and has even featured as captain for the Three Lions, wearing the armband in a 3-0 friendly win over the USA in 2018.

And his experience, plus his winning habit, cultivated at City, has been lauded by Mills.

Speaking to Football Insider, Mills said: “I think Fabian Delph has come in and done very, very well and he will be very, very good.

“He brings that mentality, that edge, that discipline and that know-how, how to win.”

Of course, Everton sold Idrissa Gueye to PSG in the summer and Delph could perhaps be seen as a direct replacement for the departed midfielder.

Right mindset

Delph managed 23 interceptions from 11 Premier League games last season, which suggests he could be able to provide the ball-winning aspect that Everton would have otherwise lost through the departure of Gueye.

More importantly, Delph arrives off the back of very successful spell in Manchester.

His trophy wins evidence the fact that he knows what it takes to perform and win on a consistent basis in the Premier League, while also adding in the experience of European competition, which can’t be said for most members of the Everton squad.

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Mills, then, is right to suggest the 29-year-old will able to provide that extra edge and determination to the Toffees’ squad.

Given his low fee of £10m, he is arguably the best combative midfielder they could have signed for a cheap price following Gueye’s exit and if he can stay fit, all signs point to him being a success on Merseyside.

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