Andy Gray comments on the status of Fabian Delph

Former Aston Villa striker Andy Gray has played up the current status of midfielder Fabian Delph.

Former Aston Villa striker Andy Gray told talkSPORT what he feels his old club are starting to see in the former of current midfielder Fabian Delph.

Delph has been a key player for Villa manager Tim Sherwood and has been a real leader in the team, as they have dragged themselves clear of the bottom three, giving themselves a chance to stay in the top flight.

“In Delph what we’re seeing is the player that Gary McAllister brought to the club and said ‘this kid can go all the way’ because Gary Mac worked with him at Leeds – I think what we’re seeing in the last four or five weeks is exactly what he was talking about,” said Gray.

Delph has been impressive in a number of areas over recent weeks, with Sherwood seemingly giving him a greater licence to go and roam across all areas of the side’s midfield.

He’s aggressive in defence and has the work rate and energy to get forward and support other midfielders as well as the attack.

His captaincy credentials and ability have also been on full display and it’s important the club and Sherwood play on that to motivate the squad over the final few weeks of the season.

It’s difficult to find a downside to his game at the moment but it’s vital for the fortunes of the club that he’s consistent over the next few weeks and maintains the momentum that he has created for himself.

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