There were few positives to take from Aston Villa’s 3-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, but Fabian Delph’s performance stood out as an obvious bright spot during a disappointing afternoon.
Goals from Oscar, Diego Costa and Willian resigned Paul Lambert’s side to their second consecutive 3-0 defeat, following last weekend’s home loss to Arsenal, despite the midfielder impressing with his tireless running and surging attacks through the centre of the park.
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The pressure will be taken off him somewhat once star man Christian Benteke returns to action in the coming weeks but, for now, Delph remains Villa’s one regular starter who possesses clear game-changing qualities.
While he could do little to influence the result against the table-toppers, the now-England international has shown few signs of letting up after his first senior international call-up earlier this month, and fans were quick to praise his efforts following an otherwise forgettable match for the claret and blue faithful.
Delph is brilliant. Would walk into most teams outside top 4 #avfc— Suki Tranter (@suki_AVFC) September 27, 2014
Poor Delph he's been playing out of his skin for Villa lately with no reward— DixonBeats (@DixonBeats) September 27, 2014
I swear, Cleverley isn't in the same class as Delph, not even close #avfc— Broke Homie Daquan (@AaronCornell) September 27, 2014
Delph absolutely sensational this game, just needs that finishing touch.— Darren (@darrentky_) September 27, 2014
What moves by Delph. Such nimble feet. Need to get his contract signed as well and ASAP— Jason (@itsjacobes) September 27, 2014
At this point with Delph, I have a hard time doubting that he'll be leaving on a free at season's end.— Paul Theiss (@PaulTheiss) September 27, 2014
Delph has been skipping through Chelsea players today— Daniel Swagadore (@Swagadore) September 27, 2014
Delph's the only guy who wants to win this game— LIMAAN (@LimaanHamid) September 27, 2014
Delph is that guy... He looks a threat even when the rest of his team look slumped— Costa (@Rxece) September 27, 2014