In Focus: Delph can bring the Premier League experience Benitez is craving

According to reports in the Daily Star, Newcastle United are one of three Premier League clubs lining up a move for out-of-favour Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph this summer.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the 27-year-old has endured a miserable time at the Etihad because of injury and struggling to break into the team following a move from Aston Villa in 2015, and he could be the latest casualty as part of Pep Guardiola’s culling of his squad this summer.

The likes of Gael Clichy, Jesus Navas, Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna have gone, and the former Aston Villa man could join them in the coming weeks as the Magpies – along with Burnley and West Bromwich Albion – eye a move for the midfielder.

Toon manager Rafa Benitez is keen to significantly strengthen his squad this summer in order to ensure that United don’t find themselves in a relegation battle next season, and he will see Delph as a very useful and experienced addition to his team.

How bad has it been for Delph?

Well, the England international, who has nine caps for the Three Lions, has made just 40 appearances in all competitions over the course of the last two seasons with the majority of those – especially under Guardiola – coming from the substitutes’ bench.

The 27-year-old has scored four goals in that time but he has failed to recapture the form that saw him earn the move from Aston Villa in the first place.

Would he be a good signing for Newcastle?

He probably would be, yes.

While he has struggled to make an impact following his £8m move to Manchester City – mainly as he has struggled to break into the starting line-up – in 2015, he was a hugely important player for Aston Villa and Benitez may feel he could have the same influence at St James’ Park.

The midfielder has bags of experience and quality, and would be a leader in the middle of the park.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, having signed him for just £8m Manchester City may be willing to accept an offer of around that amount – or potentially less – to get Delph off of their books this summer and it would be a risk worth taking for Benitez as he looks to boost his squad with Premier League experience.