Joe Cole: What I constantly tell Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph

Aston Villa midfielder Joe Cole has explained the message he's constantly stressing to teammate Fabian Delph.

Joe Cole has told the Aston Villa website the message that he’s constantly stressing to teammate Fabian Delph.

Delph is arguably Tim Sherwood’s most important player at the moment and someone who is going to have a massive role to play if the Midlands team are to stay in the Premier League.

“I firmly believe he'll become a regular for England and go to win 50 or 60 caps,” said Cole.

“I'm always telling him what a good player I think he is and I don't lie. He's a top player and he's developing.”

Delph is an important player for a variety of reasons with one of the most obvious being his leadership skills.

He’s a leader in the middle of the team and someone who sets the example, as well as being the man that others look to when things aren’t going as well.

He’s also got a very strong connection and identity with the club because he chose to stay and sign a new contract when he could have pushed for a move away from Villa Park.

In terms of what he offers as a player, he’s superb in the way he drifts about the pitch looking to make a difference in key areas.

He controls the pace and tempo of the play superbly, plays simple passes and provides that little bit of aggression into midfield, which has been missing at times from Villa’s performances this season.

Whatever Cole is saying, it seems to be working so long may he continue stressing similar messages, especially if it helps to keep the side in the division.

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