Speaking to the media in the wake of committing his future to the club until 2019, Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph has hailed the signings of Carlos Sanchez and Carles Gil as a sure sign that Paul Lambert’s side are heading in the right direction.
Sanchez, 28, signed for Villa from Spanish club Elche in August for £4.7 million and, after a somewhat slow start to life in the Premier League, has grown into one of the side’s most impressive performers in recent months.
Gil, meanwhile, arrived in the West Midlands two weeks ago from Valencia for £3.25 million and, after a promising second-half cameo in the 2-0 home defeat to Liverpool, further underlined his potential in his first start with a stunning goal in the 2-1 FA Cup win over Bournemouth.
Villa’s season has been another underwhelming one so far, with the club sitting 15th in the top-flight table having taken 22 points from their 22 games, but Delph believes that, with the likes of Sanchez and Gil on board, the makings of a top team are in place.
“You’ve got to look at the recent months. The recent signings that we’ve brought in, with Carlos and Carles, have come in and set the place alight,” he said.
“Carlos has been absolutely terrific, and Gilly has just come in and looks like a magician – I call him twinkle-toes.
“If you look at the track record form those two, building on that and going forward, surely it can only get better.”
Delph’s re-signing was another big statement from Villa over weekend, having attracted the interest of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in recent months, and the England international admitted that even his own teammates were surprised at his decision.
“The lads are absolutely delighted. As soon as I told some of them they looked at me shocked to start with,” he said.
“They see a lot in me and how dedicated I am and how I want to push on. They’re delighted to keep someone like me here. I see them as family, brothers, I’d run through a brick wall for them. They’re not just team-mates.”