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Fabian Delph 8

The second major transfer for Everton in the summer of 2019 after the permanent acquisition of André Gomes was the signing of Fabian Delph from Manchester City in a deal initially worth £8.5m. The 29-year-old agreed a three-year contract through June 2022, with his transfer potentially worth a total of £10m depending on appearance-related clauses.

“I'm hungry,” he said after the deal was announced. “I don't like losing. I see myself as a winner. I'm at an age now where I am probably one of the most experienced players, so hopefully I can help my teammates here to do better.

“I'm really happy to be here, I'm going to give absolutely everything — nothing less than 100 per cent.

“Every time I have played against Everton, whether it was home or away, straight away the first thing that comes to mind when you see the fans is passion, Everton fans seem to know football, seem to understand it, it seems to be in their blood and they really back the team.”

Having initially come to prominence at Leeds United after being on the books of Bradford City as a youngster. Delph was linked with a move to Everton 10 years ago after he had helped the Yorkshire club gain promotion from League One. He eventually signed for Aston Villa in August 2009 and went on to become a full England international during the latter stages of his time there.

Despite verbally committing his future to Villa in the summer of 2015, Delph was tempted away when Manchester City made an £8m move for him as they sought to bolster their squad and he made 89 appearances in all competitions, scoring 5 times.

Originally deployed in his natural central midfield role, the Bradford-born player was used more recently as a left-back to cover for Benjamin Mendy who sustained a long-term injury.

Delph has battled injuries of his own, however, in recent years but, with him being available for a cut-price fee a year before his contract expired at the Etihad Stadium, Marcel Brands and Marco Silva have seen the value in adding his versatility to their midfield options, while denying that he would be a replacement for the departing Idrissa Gueye.

FactFile

Squad number 8
Position Midfield
Nationality England
Born Bradford
Date of birth 21 November 1989
Height 5'-9" (1.74 m)
Joined 15 July 2019
Joined from Manchester City
Signed under Marco Silva
Transfer fee £8.5m (^£10m)
Contract duration 3 years
Contract expires June 2022
Full debut TBD
Previous Clubs Leeds United
Aston Villa
Manchester City
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Everton Career

Season Squad Number League Apps (sub) League Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals Total Apps (sub) Total Goals
2019-20 8 1 (0) 0 1 (0) 0 2 (0) 0
  Totals 1 (0) 0 1 (0) 0 2 (0) 0

 

Previous Career

Season Team League Apps Cup Apps League Goals Cup Goals
2006-09 Leeds United 45 (4) 7 (3) 6 0
2009-15 Aston Villa 97 (15) 20 (2) 3 5
2015-19 Manchester City 39 (18) 20 (12) 4 1
           


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