Why Fabian Delph won't be warming the bench at Manchester City

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Manchester City completed their second signing out of three new English recruits last Friday, as Fabian Delph made an astonishing u-turn to put pen on paper and finally sign that lucrative blues contract.  

After previously pledging his future to Aston Villa, the England international had a change of heart and opted for the Etihad stating: "My decision to stay initially was purely based on the emotions and feelings I hold for the club and the people there that I would be walking away from, rather than looking at the football opportunity that had been placed right in front of me."

An uproar from the Villa faithful was to be expected, with the club's supporters sticking a huge banner upon the gates of Villa Park reading 'Delph you snake!'.


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The 25 year old midfielder's departure was also met with huge questioning from Premier League supporters - as to whether he will become a City success such as Gareth Barry or James Milner when they made the same switch 5 years ago to the Etihad or if he's destined for City failure. 

The main reason for this popular debate amongst football fans are the recent English recruits that have flopped at City, such as Scott Sinclair and Jack Rodwell. However, when it comes to Fabian Delph, it will most likely be a completely different story. Let's analyse why that is:

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Proven in the Premier League

The difference between recent British City flops and Fabian Delph is that he his a consistently proven midfielder in the premier league with Villa. Unlike Rodwell and Sinclair, who were both relatively untested due to a combination of injuries and bad runs in their respective teams.

For example, when City signed Rodwell back in 2012 - his last game for Everton before making the switch to the Etihad was for Everton reserves where he missed a penalty against Tranmere Rovers of League 1 at the time.

Whilst once full of potential, it died out due to Rodwell's injury prone ways. Delph however, has consistently performed impressively for Villa and is a bargain for just £8 million. 

England International

Fabian Delph has also proven his quality for England on a regular basis last season - with Delph proving to be one of Roy Hodgson's best options in centre midfield.

His pace, stamina and vision on the ball is a valuable asset with one his best performances being against Switzerland in England's first Euro 2016 qualifying group game.

The likes of Rodwell and Sinclair never had a proven run in the England team like Delph has, which highlights the difference in quality between the players.

Fernandinho and Fernando

Whilst the two Brazilians are proven centre midfielders who have played at the top level consistently, they lack the qualities that Fabian Delph himself possesses. Such as Pace, youth and the ability to break up play in a commanding manner.

Delph should automatically get into the City side ahead of Fernando because of his pace and quick feet - combined with Fernando's performances being fairly unimpressive for City last campaign.

Fernandinho however, actually provides a pinch of competition for the England international - with both of their styles being fairly similar. 

Make no mistake, Delph, isn't just going to breeze into this City side, despite their lack of pace and youth. Manuel Pellegrini will be assessing his options ahead of the new season and hasn't ruled out making more big summer signings before the start of the new campaign.

However, analysing all of Delph's qualities and the weaknesses City have in their squad, which Delph can help solve, it's safe to say the 25-year-old won't be subject to the reserves and the bench for the majority of the season.

Manuel Pellegrini will have use for Delph's capabilities and a solid partnership in the centre of midfield with Yaya Toure is definitely not off the cards.

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