Fabian Delph’s controversial move to Manchester City a couple of season back has been nothing short of an absolute nightmare for him. Delph, who made a switch to the Etihad Stadium six days after saying that he would captain Aston Villa for the 2015-16 season, became a subject of criticism. However, the transfer failed to garner any substantial output for the midfielder.
Delph is cornered by Pep Guardiola, who is keen to strike him off their books if a bid of £14million comes, which implies that the 27-year-old is left in a pretty awkward position. At this stroke of hour, he wants to make a loan switch to get regular game time to better his chances of playing in the World Cup next year and here are three clubs he could possibly negotiate a loan move with:
#1 Stoke City
Mark Hughes has already made a good signing in the shape of Darren Fletcher to beef up his midfield arsenal this summer. Fletcher arrived on a free transfer but Hughes wants to bring more energy and spectacle and they were reportedly interested in signing Delph for £12million last month.
Of course the deal couldn’t materialise but frankly speaking, a move to an English top division side could help in putting his career back on track, The Potters are a decent side and under the stewardship of Hughes, the English international should find regular game time under his belt and thus, will get the requisite pedestal to perform.
#2 Newcastle United
Against Tottenham Hotspur, the lack of resilience from Newcastle United’s midfielders was pretty much evident. The likes of Jonjo Shelvey and Isaac Hayden were good last season but they need more experience in the top flight. So, it goes without saying that Rafael Benitez will have to dig deeper before the transfer window shuts down.
In a scenario like this, the Toon should try to negotiate a loan deal for an experienced player like Delph. He has truckloads of top flight experience, and thus, it would make complete sense for them to lure the midfielder to their ranks. The former Aston Villa man will also offer versatility which impliedly, would enhance the quality of Benitez’s side.
#3 Leeds United
Garry Monk took Leeds United very close to bagging a play-off spot but owing to the sporadic run of form of his troops, they could only finish 7th in the league table. The Whites are now under the command of Thomas Christiansen and a move to the West Yorkshire based club could be a huge transfer for both the parties involved.
Delph emerged through the youth ranks of the Peacocks and was eventually promoted to their senior side. This season, they are really looking forward to earn a promotion spot and bringing someone of Delph’s calibre, who is certainly an upgraded version of the midfielders Christiansen possesses, might be the impetus they would need to get the uplift.