Fabian Delph can be proud with the way he played on his first England start against Switzerland.
All of the build up to England’s game against Switzerland last night centred around the possibility of Fabian Delph’s first start with Jordan Henderson reported to have been struggling with injury.
As it turned out the Aston Villa and Liverpool stars were both fit and both started the game creating a contrast between one of Liverpool’s best players, against the man tipped to replace him in the England starting line-up.
We’ve taken a look at their stats during the game to see where Delph had the edge over Liverpool’s versatile middle man.
Delph’s passing accuracy was phenomenal during the game with 97% compared to the 81% produced by Henderson.
Was he playing it safe or did he just have an extremely good night picking sensible passes around England’s midfield?
He also played two more passes than Henderson during the game.
Delph also kept his head at the key times during the game and produced two key passes, which is greater than the single key pass produced by Henderson.
What that shows is that he’s extremely effective when it comes to decision making when he’s under pressure and large credit has to go to Paul Lambert at Villa for developing that trait.
Delph enjoyed seven more touches of the ball over the course of the game, which shows his positional play was spot on.
He popped up in key areas towards the left hand side of midfield, which gave the defence an outlet and also allowed England to move the ball forward quickly and effectively.
He made more tackles than Henderson during the game (two compared to one) although showed his naivety a little early on with a quick yellow card. Once he contained that energy and eagerness to fly out of the traps, he mirrored the containing way Henderson plays for Liverpool and the pair did that job effectively.
Long Ball Accuracy
Henderson played more long balls (five compared to two) during the game but Delph showed a better accuracy with 100% in this area. He was able to release pressure on England quickly with accurate balls up the field, which allowed the team to shift higher.
Henderson played it safe with no dribbles but Delph seemed a little more willing to pick up possession and run at the Swiss defence. It’s encouraging as far as Villa and England are concerned that one of his instincts as soon as he gets the ball is to think; how can I hurt the opposition?