Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph has admitted he is ready to lead from the front for Paul Lambert's side next season.

The 23-year-old midfielder has been handed the captain's armband during Aston Villa's pre-season campaign, and has revealed he has enjoyed the responsibility.

“I’ve been here quite some time now," he told the Birmingham Mail. "I’ve been injured for a long part of it but, regardless of how long I’ve been at the club, I always feel a responsibility to be a little bit more vocal than some of the other players. I’m quite a fiery character. I always like to shout a bit and try and get the boys fired up.”

Delph is currently the third-longest serving player at Villa park, behind Brad Guzan and Gabriel Agbonlahor.

The midfielder signed from Leeds in 2009 in a deal worth £6 million, however, Delph has been plagued with injury during his time at the Midlands club and has found playing time hard to get. The Bradford-born player has only made 69 appearances for the Villans.

Delph has admitted his natural tendency to be vocal on the pitch sets him apart from other players, also admitting he can get tired of his own voice at the end of a game.

The midfielder said: “Gabby has been here a long time and he is more of a player who will lead by example. He will do some magic in the game and that will inspire the players. I’m a little bit more vocal I’d say than some.

“By the end of the game I get fed up of my own voice. I feel sorry for some of the boys playing alongside me.”

The former Leeds player insists being given the armband won't change him as a player, and vowed to continue being a vocal player on the pitch.

“Whether I’ve got the armband or not, I’m still the same. I like to be vocal and I think probably because I’m the third longest serving player the gaffer sees me for that reason and gives me the armband to try to encourage players.  


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