Why Fabian Delph was right to say ‘no’ to Manchester City

first_imgTake it from a former Aston Villa team-mate – Milner enjoyed a successful end to his City career, but suffered early on from his ‘jack of all trades, master of none’ label and never fully established himself as a first-team player throughout his time at the Etihad.When the ‘polyfunctional’ – as manager Manuel Pellegrini branded him – midfielder did play, he was often out of position; starting in as many as nine different roles for the Blues in the league last season.Such was his frustration that he jumped at the chance to join Liverpool when they came along this summer, with the Reds offering him regular minutes in his preferred central role.Much like Delph, that was the position he made his name in during his earlier career at Villa – would Pellegrini have looked to use the Villans skipper in the same way and not allow him to fulfil his potential in the middle of the park?Scott Sinclair 6 6 6 Aston Villa star Fabian Delph 6 Ok, so he’s not English, but Bony’s first six months as a City player has been as frustrating as anyone else’s.Wanted by a host of other top clubs, where he arguably would have been one of the first names on the team sheet, Ivory Coast international Bony was on fire in two seasons at Swansea, netting 25 goals in his first full season and nine in his second before joining City in January for around £28million.Since then, though, Africa’s most expensive player has been limited to just 11 appearances in all competitions, scoring just two goals.To be fair, he has one of the most difficult jobs in world football in playing understudy to Sergio Aguero, but it’s fair to say that if he stayed at Swansea, or even moved to other linked sides Liverpool or Arsenal, he could have eclipsed his previous season’s goal tally.Jack Rodwell A player who showed so much promise but seemed to have all the confidence squeezed out of him in a nightmare three years at the Etihad. The forward, who earned a £6.2million move after an impressive Premier League debut with Swansea, made just 13 premier league appearances (11 of those as a substitute) in three years as a City player.Again thought to have been signed to fill the club’s homegrown player quota, Sinclair’s playing time was limited by a host of talent in front of him, including David Silva, Samir Nasri and Jesus Navas.He spent his second season on loan at West Brom but failed to make an impression after his demoralising debut campaign, playing just eight games, and it wasn’t until he moved to Aston Villa on loan in January that he began to rediscover his best form, before making that move permanent in May.With Delph now team-mates with the 26-year-old, perhaps Sinclair put in word of warning about what a move to City could do to his progress.Micah Richards 6 6 Former England international Richards made over 245 appearances in a City shirt, playing a key role in their dramatic 2012 Premier League triumph, but was slowly phased out of first-team affairs.The 27-year-old played just nine top flight games since that title win, losing his place to Argentina international Pablo Zabaleta and never winning it back.His career stagnated; he became just a name on a squad sheet, a picture in the team photo, as he spent two full seasons away from regular first-team action.Sick of his back-stage role, Richards joined Fiorentina on loan last term and his performances for the Serie A side attracted the interest of Villa, who snapped him up on a free when the transfer window opened.Wilfried Bony It’s no secret Manchester City are on the hunt for English talent this summer.With Premier League squads only allowed a maximum of 17 overseas players the Blues need to boost their number of homegrown stars, but it appears they are set to miss out on one of their main targets after midfielder Fabian Delph put his career over his wallet and insisted he’s staying at Aston Villa.The exits of James Milner, Gareth Barry, Scott Sinclair, Joleon Lescott and Adam Johnson over the past few years have left Manuel Pellegrini with just two British players in his first-team squad – goalkeepers Joe Hart and Richard Wright.That number is expected to rise to three with the anticipated arrival of Raheem Sterling from Liverpool, with the clubs reportedly opening negotiations over a £45million bid for the 20-year-old.And with Yaya Toure’s long-term future in doubt and City stalling on a big-money move for Juventus’ Paul Pogba, the Blues highlighted a potential alternative in Delph following a decent season which saw the 25-year-old named Villans captain and called up to the senior England squad.The clubs have already struck a deal this summer with defender Micah Richards arriving at Villa Park in a free transfer, and he revealed on Tuesday that his new team-mate had asked him about Man City’s interest.But Delph did what many past promising stars didn’t and turned down the chance to make an £8million switch, saying he looks forward to captaining the Villans next season.Did he make the right choice? Here’s just a few players who may have regretted buckling to the interest of the Premier League moneybags…James Milner Emerging as one of England’s most exciting talents during his early career at Everton, boyhood Toffees fan Rodwell made over 100 club appearances before sealing a £12million move to the Etihad in August 2012.However, with a Yaya Toure in the peak of his powers in his way, the man from Merseyside had few opportunities to prove himself at the top level. Ongoing injury troubles only added to his frustration, as he failed to make an impression.After playing just 16 Premier League games in two seasons in Manchester, he moved to Sunderland in a £10million switch and proved an instant success, playing a vital role in the side’s great escape from relegation last season – making 26 appearances and scoring three goals.Thoughts?It takes huge courage to turn down what could be a career-defining move to a title-contending Premier League side, but it seems Delph has done so for the right reasons.More time plying his trade and developing his leadership skills in the claret and blue shirt may see him move on at some point in the near future, but it’s pretty clear that Villa Park, under the watchful eye of Premier League-winning midfielder Tim Sherwood, is currently the best place for him to thrive.Do you agree? Have your say in the poll below…last_img

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