Delph has revealed that he and Grealish are the last players to leave the training field and he’s suggested why the teenage middle man is the ideal player to get the most out of some of the club’s more experienced attacking stars.
“Him and I are always the last ones out on the pitches as he's always wanting to do extra. He has a real desire to improve and be the best player he can - that's great to see,” said Delph.
“When you've got pace up front like Christian and Gabby, it is always good to have someone behind them who can pick the passes out and express himself.”
Grealish produced a superb performance in the FA Cup semi-final win against Liverpool and continues to impress under Tim Sherwood, who deserves credit for taking the risk of including him in the first team.
It’s the job of players like Delph, Carlos Sanchez and others across the middle of the team to protect him.
He is underdeveloped physically and because of his quality on the ball, he’s a player that opposition sides are going to look at unsettling physically to try and gain an edge in big games.
Fortunately, it’s something that Sherwood will already be aware of and he can structure the midfield to ensure that the side complements him well, allowing him to focus on creating those key passes and chances for Christian Benteke and Gabriel Agbonlahor.