Why Aston Villa Turncoat Delph Could Surprise At Man City

More than a bench-warmer?
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Fabian Delph has joined Manchester City today after having a sensational change of mind to leave Aston Villa.

Former Villa teammate and ex-City star Micah Richards revealed Delph had asked about life at City following reports linking the 25-year-old with a move to the Etihad, with Delph concerned that he wouldn't see enough first-team football.

Opta-powered fantasy football game Oulala have released stats that will reassure the England international that first-team football at Manchester City is actually very likely.

Of the five key criteria analysed, the 25-year-old comfortably outperformed Manchester City regular, Fernandinho, despite playing fewer Premier League games than the Brazilian last season.

Delph made more successful passes per game than Fernandinho (49.4 to 45.8) in the Premier League, enough that would have in-fact had him rank third in the entire City squad last season, behind only Yaya Toure and David Silva.

With 1.2 key passes per game to Fernandinho's 0.8 and 1.3 chances created per game to 0.9 from the Manchester City midfielder, Delph shone further.

Both players tallied three assists each while Delph held a further advantage defensively, successfully completing 48.5% of his attempted tackles to just 35.5% from the Brazilian.

After watching the likes of James Milner and Jack Rodwell fail to hold down a place in the Manchester City first team, Delph's concerns are understandable. However, looking at the numbers he has nothing to worry about.

First-team football awaits you, Fabian. 



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