Former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie Redknapp has been singing the praises of Fabian Delph in The Daily Mail.
Delph was Aston Villa’s best player in the FA Cup semi-final tie against Liverpool at London’s Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
The England international midfielder’s energy and determination was a marvel to behold, and he also scored the winning goal in the opening minutes of the second half.
Redknapp was following the game, and he was impressed with the shift put in by the 25-year-old Delph.
“On Saturday, I said his battle with Jordan Henderson would be key to the game,” the former Tottenham star wrote in The Daily Mail. “There’s no doubt who won that one.
“Delph was different class. He put in an all-action display and ran the game. He looked like the player we all felt he could become when he emerged at Leeds. He was outstanding.”
Another former Tottenham player, Garth Crooks, was also impressed with former Leeds United midfielder Delph and included him in his BBC Sport ‘Team of the Week’.
“A lot has been said about Fabian Delph and how good he can be,” Crooks wrote on BBC Sport. “I’ve seen this lad play for England and he certainly looks the part but I've never seen him perform as well as he did in the FA Cup semi-final win over Liverpool.
“It looks like Villa boss Tim Sherwood has inherited a leader while England boss Roy Hodgson has someone to replace Frank Lampard in his midfield."
These are huge praises from Redknapp and Crooks, and something that Delph deserves.
The 25-year-old is probably not one of the truly best midfielders in the Premier League, but he certainly has the potential as he showed against Liverpool.
The Villa captain, who joined the Villans from West Yorkshire outfit Leeds in 2009, led by example against a Reds team who were superior on paper, and he was a force to be reckoned with in midfield.
Perhaps claiming that Delph could successfully replace former Chelsea star Frank Lampard in the England midfield is a bit too much.
Lampard is one of the greatest players of all, and the Villa man has a long way to go to reach that kind of a level.