Fabian Delph's performances against Chelsea last season and for England on Monday evening when the Three Lions defeated Switzerland by a 2-0 score in Basel, have impressed Blues centre back and former international captain John Terry.
The statistics below, taken from Premier League competition in the current season, demonstrate that Delph is adept at playing the defensive midfield role - a feat not lost on Roy Hodgson, who entrusted the player with a starting role against the Swiss.
After a nervous start, Delph grew with confidence and his ball distribution was on point.
Speaking from the Sky Sports HQ room, Terry said he has long been impressed with the 24-year-old Villan, a player who is fast becoming of age.
"I’ve been very impressed with him at Aston Villa," the Chelsea stalwart said.
"I’ve played against him and he scored against Chelsea last year. He gets around the pitch really well and really puts pressure on, so any bad pass or mistake he is on you.
"Once he does that he drives the team up and allows the team to get forward. I think that’s why he was put in [against Switzerland].
"When Chelsea go to Aston Villa, the aim is to press them and put them under pressure and one thing that stood out with Delph was that he always wanted the ball.
"He gave a couple of balls away, but he always wanted it. He always stood up and said ‘give me the ball’. That really impressed me from a young lad," concluded the defender.
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