The veteran midfielder was signed by Everton from Manchester City last year for a cut-price £8m and made 18 appearances in all competitions prior to the coronavirus lockdown.
He was sidelined for the remainder of the season by injury but returned to training last week.
Delph made his name at Leeds before moving on to Aston Villa and then City but now the The Daily Star claim he could be on the way back to Elland Road for around £5m.
Original Source: Daily Star
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1 Posted 30/07/2020 at 22:17:58
2 Posted 30/07/2020 at 22:20:09
3 Posted 30/07/2020 at 22:21:47
4 Posted 30/07/2020 at 22:26:17
5 Posted 30/07/2020 at 22:27:01
6 Posted 30/07/2020 at 22:27:29
7 Posted 30/07/2020 at 22:27:58
8 Posted 30/07/2020 at 22:31:07
9 Posted 30/07/2020 at 22:37:38
10 Posted 30/07/2020 at 22:38:09
11 Posted 30/07/2020 at 22:38:41
12 Posted 30/07/2020 at 22:51:36
13 Posted 30/07/2020 at 22:54:04
Having said that. As a club we have to cut the wage bill to enable us to bring players in that the manager wants. So, if anyone is interested in taking a punt on whoever Carlo doesn't see as first-team squad going forward I'd say good luck to both, take the money and move on.
Simply no need to vent the spleen at every leaving player just because we've not lived up to the mid-80s for so long.
14 Posted 30/07/2020 at 23:01:53
15 Posted 30/07/2020 at 23:04:38
Shame really, maybe it's a short stay with us.
16 Posted 30/07/2020 at 23:09:29
17 Posted 30/07/2020 at 23:12:48
On his wages and with his injuries, a transfer would probably serve us well but I suspect it's just easy gossip and that he'll still be propping up our treatment table next season.
18 Posted 30/07/2020 at 23:17:21
Yes, he talked a good game, yes he was captured by the cameras being openly critical towards teammates when we were getting spanked and no he has not lived up to his own hype. However, to call him a scumbag for example is unnecessary.
As far as I am aware he at least came with the right intentions. If we got £3-5M for him I'd be over the moon, however, as he's on big money and we need to sell players just floating around.
19 Posted 30/07/2020 at 23:21:55
20 Posted 30/07/2020 at 23:22:15
21 Posted 30/07/2020 at 23:22:28
22 Posted 30/07/2020 at 23:26:33
Delph couldn't fill Gueye's shoes but filled the medical room most weeks.
We do need to get rid but we could say that about a lot of our players.
23 Posted 30/07/2020 at 23:41:05
24 Posted 30/07/2020 at 23:43:54
25 Posted 31/07/2020 at 01:10:55
(Be careful Googling her... :-D)
26 Posted 31/07/2020 at 01:32:12
27 Posted 31/07/2020 at 01:32:41
28 Posted 31/07/2020 at 02:02:50
At Man City, he was surrounded by superstars, as such he had a specific role to perform, tidying up, which to be fair he did adequately well. It didn't require him to create that much, his game was all about breaking down the opposition's possession, accurately finding colleagues with precise early passes and letting them do the rest. If only he had delivered those qualities in a Royal Blue Jersey. Had he done so, we certainly wouldn't be so eager to see him go.
Early signs were promising. At last someone who could pass a ball. It didn't last. Perhaps we expected too much, simply because he'd been a City player schooled by Pep. Either way, he was soon exposed as another dismal failure.
At City, he was a mediocre player, elevated to performances above his standing, by following his manager's plan to the letter. At Everton, surrounded by lesser players to his former City colleagues and no Guardiola masterplan, his mediocrity was cruelly exposed.
My main criticism of Delph does not concern his footballing shortcomings. It is that it became perfectly obvious to me that he wasn't prepared to go the extra mile for us, the way he had for City. This was endorsed by his regular criticism of his team mates. Which attempted to divert and disguise his own inadequacies.
Please take him back, Leeds. The sooner the better.
29 Posted 31/07/2020 at 03:10:07
30 Posted 31/07/2020 at 03:44:12
But the spat with fans on Twitter coupled with injuries, was never going to be a winning formula to get fans onside. From a wage and age perspective, it would be beneficial if he left.
31 Posted 31/07/2020 at 04:31:38
His arrogance surpasses his ability by a factor of 10 – let alone his injury record.
Good riddance; should never have been here.
32 Posted 31/07/2020 at 04:36:30
Shame about Delph. His injuries (well noted by lots on here when he signed) prevented any real run. Hoped he would be like Barry, but to date hasn't had much impact.
The trio of Gbamin, Delph and Gomes in the midfield could have been decent if we could have got them all on the pitch together for any length of time.
If he goes for £5 million, then there's a bit more in the pot.
33 Posted 31/07/2020 at 05:38:27
34 Posted 31/07/2020 at 05:44:24
I don't think him leaving will even cause a ripple. He is/was a complete non-factor with us. Another “great purchase”, that became “a lame duck”.
Seems to happen to Everton fairly often.
35 Posted 31/07/2020 at 07:08:09
He played left-back for a significant part of a season when Man City won the league title, so he might have filled that position as back-up left-back if (god forbid) Digne were to be injured/unavailable.
Having said that, I have no problem with getting 1 more ageing, high paid, non-performing player out of Everton, if it means that it would help Carlo in his squad rebuilding process.
36 Posted 31/07/2020 at 07:15:18
Sigurdsson is an Icelander – supposedly unemotional. Mind you, my wife and I were in Iceland last September and they know how to enjoy themselves and frankly, on the whole, seem to be really good people.
I still can't see why we should let Delph boy go for less than the supposedly £8 million discounted price we paid for him.
37 Posted 31/07/2020 at 07:51:12
In addition to that, I don't think he would have been this injured had he still been at City. A bit like James McCarthy, who made 33 appearances for Palace last season vs the 108 in his 6-year Everton career.
If you can't see there is something deeply wrong there you need your head testing.
38 Posted 31/07/2020 at 08:01:30
39 Posted 31/07/2020 at 08:21:01
Everton who? Yes show me the money and I'm all yours. The club has been like a pimp hiring cheap hoes for inflated rates.
40 Posted 31/07/2020 at 08:48:36
Delph is a decent player, but he hasn't been decent for Everton. I thought it was both telling and good management by Ancelotti, who has left Delph out since the re-start, urging him to concentrate on getting rid of all those little niggles that keep forcing him to miss games, and get himself 100% fit for the new season.
Maybe Leeds will benefit, but depending on who we bring in, maybe Everton will benefit? I think Phil @27 sums it up perfectly, because Fabian has never looked like he's prepared to go that extra mile in a blue shirt, possibly the first thing the players are taught, once they join our club!
41 Posted 31/07/2020 at 08:51:26
42 Posted 31/07/2020 at 09:18:52
Not Brands's best ever signing... along with more than a few others like Iwobi. Director of Football – my arse, Director of Shite more like.
43 Posted 31/07/2020 at 09:32:11
44 Posted 31/07/2020 at 09:34:17
45 Posted 31/07/2020 at 09:34:59
Watching Schneiderlin and Sigurdsson mince around like a sloth moving through treacle must have been a shock after Man City.
Unfortunately, the guy's made of glass and is in no position to help instil any pride into the overpaid frauds at Goodison Park. He'll be better off at a club who play football and with some passion.
46 Posted 31/07/2020 at 09:46:12
47 Posted 31/07/2020 at 09:52:07
48 Posted 31/07/2020 at 09:53:57
You cannot say that very often about any player! Including Sigurdsson, Schneiderlin, Bolasie, Besic et al. And going back further Angell, Barlow, Madar...
As some have said, I even forget he plays for us! I'd be pleased with £5M.
49 Posted 31/07/2020 at 09:54:26
50 Posted 31/07/2020 at 10:24:15
If so, it would appear that we also have fans who get a bit precious and run to Miss when they get a bit upset. “Please Miss, he answered back”.
51 Posted 31/07/2020 at 10:42:37
52 Posted 31/07/2020 at 10:45:55
53 Posted 31/07/2020 at 10:53:45
As Ray (49) says, he had a go at his fellow players, trying to encourage them, and he stuck up for himself on Twitter. Don't we all when someone has a go at us? I'm not on Twitter, by the way, I haven't got a shawl.
54 Posted 31/07/2020 at 11:09:07
I think Ancelotti will almost certainly continue playing a 4-4-2 next season so I'd keep him as 5th choice midfield and emergency left-back. If anyone is going to go, it has to be Sigurdsson, who just doesn't fit in anywhere and is on a downward spiral.
55 Posted 31/07/2020 at 11:22:21
56 Posted 31/07/2020 at 11:47:02
57 Posted 31/07/2020 at 11:47:05
Thanks, I was beginning to think that I was terminally naive.😁
58 Posted 31/07/2020 at 11:52:15
59 Posted 31/07/2020 at 12:00:26
If we sell, we probably need more midfield cover and maybe a more first-team ready left-back than Nkounkou.
So may be best to retain his services than sell so cheaply. And that's from someone who doesn't really like the player...
60 Posted 31/07/2020 at 12:07:19
Talking about midfielders, I‘ve read we're in interested in Solly March from Brighton. Fuck that, just another name to add to the list of Over-hyped Ted Danson lookalikes we've had at Everton after Claus Thomsen and Craig Short.
61 Posted 31/07/2020 at 12:11:16
I'm more coming round all resources and effort is ploughed into the Academy.
62 Posted 31/07/2020 at 12:16:31
Doesn't matter how good of a player you are – if you can't get on the pitch through injury, then you don't serve any purpose. Let's not forget – he had the same injury concerns at City.
63 Posted 31/07/2020 at 12:40:04
I never understand why this factor gets overlooked so much. A player who isn't reliably available week in, week out is never going to make a significant contribution. By the age he was when we bought him, it was well established that he missed a lot of games and so it proved.
This might be tempered if someone is a great senior pro behind the scenes who brings the best out of others, especially young players.
I don't think anyone is going to claim that this is true of Delph. He's just another panic buy, bought on blind optimism and desperation, who didn't want to be here.
64 Posted 31/07/2020 at 12:41:46
Pep ended up keeping him as reserve left back, and how do you keep him as a squad player, when he's permanently injured? It would be brilliant business if Leeds took him for £5m, I'd even throw in Sigurdsson for free in the deal.
His attitude stinks, and Silva was definitely right, when he said, he wasn't Gueye's replacement. I remember against Watford, he was so bad, and when he got the red card, and Holgate went to midfield, it turned the game.
I never rated him; when he did make a tackle, it was cynical, and a yellow card at best.
65 Posted 31/07/2020 at 12:42:33
FINALLY someone has identified where weve been going wrong!
66 Posted 31/07/2020 at 12:49:24
67 Posted 31/07/2020 at 12:57:03
I remember when we bought Joleon Lescott, he had knee issues in the past and many were saying at the time that he would be a risk etc. If my memory serves me correctly, he was an ever-present in his first season with us, as well as being a decent defender at either left-back or left centre-back. I'm also fairly confident that this carried through until his departure to Man City.
68 Posted 31/07/2020 at 13:55:34
A lot of Iwobi knockers on here at the moment. Just give the lad a chance.
69 Posted 31/07/2020 at 14:23:48
He's finally taught me not to get excited about a signing that looks good on paper in the heady days of August. I remember people on TW saying he was a leader and a winner. Well, we never saw it in an Everton shirt.
70 Posted 31/07/2020 at 14:36:19
71 Posted 31/07/2020 at 14:51:17
Going back even further there used to be suggestions that Norman Whiteside looked like Russ Abbott. It was never going to work out.
Maybe that is the issue with Bolasie. To my mind he looks like JB Smoove – who plays Leon in Curb Your Enthusiasm. The curse of a comedy doppelganger perhaps.
72 Posted 31/07/2020 at 15:35:29
Just did and she said she doesn't like football!
73 Posted 31/07/2020 at 16:05:27
For £8M, I would keep him another year and let's see if we can get him on the pitch and get some value out of him.
74 Posted 31/07/2020 at 16:16:10
75 Posted 31/07/2020 at 16:17:47
There may be light at the end of our transfer tunnel but likely to be a two carriage trundler with our next signing from Old Trafford or Etihad.
76 Posted 31/07/2020 at 16:19:31
Good point on Lescott, similar with Gray and Reid. On the other hand, you've got Whiteside, Van der Meyde. So, as you say, it's always a gamble.
77 Posted 31/07/2020 at 17:04:56
He's already cost us £14M in fees and wages, if he's on £100k a week and could cost us another £12M if he sees out his contract.
You can only be reserve left-back or 5th choice midfielder if you are available; I don't think Delph ever will be.
Get shot now for whatever we can.
78 Posted 31/07/2020 at 17:05:00
79 Posted 31/07/2020 at 17:15:51
80 Posted 31/07/2020 at 17:36:37
Meanwhile, over on the forum, posters are calling the same underperforming team-mates all of the names under the sun but this is called being a 'supporter'.
When the petty name-calling moves from TW's Live Forum to Twitter (presumably after a couple of Stellas for courage) the same supporters get hysterical when called out for it.
81 Posted 31/07/2020 at 18:23:45
82 Posted 31/07/2020 at 19:10:11
83 Posted 31/07/2020 at 19:25:00
If Delph could have a season with minimal injury problems, I'm sure he'd be a valuable asset but the problem being will we get 30 plus games a season from him?? Sadly I fear not, Ancelotti needs to make the call but I'd be surprised if another club would buy him with his injury problems.
84 Posted 31/07/2020 at 20:11:43
85 Posted 31/07/2020 at 21:50:50
86 Posted 01/08/2020 at 09:13:21
A good player several years ago but has since played little football due to injuries and Everton don't need to waste time and money on such a mature player.
He will not solve our midfield problems as he is too similar to what we already have and like Mina can not be relied upon to be fit, never mind play 2 or 3 games in a row.
A much better replacement is needed.
87 Posted 01/08/2020 at 09:17:17
The player's professionalism and enthusiasm is catching, hence I no longer give a damn either.
88 Posted 01/08/2020 at 12:08:20
Delph is on £80k a week not £100k. But yes, too much for very little return.
89 Posted 01/08/2020 at 12:33:02
This just shows that Brands doesn't know his arse from his elbow about football, yet no questions are asked at board level because
– quite unbelievably – he's a board member, how was that allowed to happen?
I guess we get what we deserve and have a turgid team devoid of entertainment.
90 Posted 01/08/2020 at 13:40:52
Slightly through gritted teeth, he does provide emergency cover at left-back, now we have lost Leighton Baines, and he is left-footed, which does provide balance. I would be very surprised if we managed to bring in the Madrid left-back, finishing the season we way we did will have impressed no-one.
91 Posted 02/08/2020 at 08:48:22
92 Posted 02/08/2020 at 09:24:23
You can only call your team mates shit if you are any good. He is not. Not even close. He is a fraud who makes Besic look like Zidane.
I remember him kicking the turf into the crowd when he was warming up as a sub for Villa. He then hitched up his shorts to show the first few rows of the enclosure his backside. Martin O'Neill had to call him back to their bench before he was lynched by a group of angry fathers. To this day I can still remember him smirking at us while the stewards had to calm a load of our fans down who were venting their spleens.
Apparently he was also quite happy on social media when the other crowd were crowned ‘Champions' last month.
As I say, shitbag.
93 Posted 02/08/2020 at 20:25:41
Great to see someone mentioning Tony Grant as well, he's a good Evertonian.
94 Posted 02/08/2020 at 21:21:16
Yes, he must go as, if the club is to start fresh and using a common Everton 2020 mantra, get the same values and beliefs from youth to first team, then Alex Iwobi must go.
He's taken the piss, in every way, and frankly shouldn't get in the first-team squad again, but that's only my view. He came as a proven dud, with no fitness and also has the shallowness to ordain himself as some proven international, with a shed load of honours, and to follow his ways, is best practice.
Everton in my view has a massive challenge, in as much off the pitch as on it. Buying cheap means buying twice; and buying duds at the wrong price means buying twice,
Marcel Brands, must know it's time to earn his money at Everton. PSV, and the Eredivisie success was great on his CV but now is what counts, and this is arguably in the worst slump in Everton history. This preseason, we can't have any duds brought in via the transfer market and, with a proven world class manager, there's no more excuses.
Time to come good and provide some hope and deliverance for EFC. The more I think about Finch Farm, and I wonder what's gone on... not just now, but for years.
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