Garth Crooks: Aston Villa's Fabian Delph has tormented Liverpool and Everton of late

Aston Villa’s Fabian Delph has played superbly against Liverpool and Everton in recent weeks.

Garth Crooks has told the BBC that fans on Merseyside must be sick of Aston Villa’s Fabian Delph following his excellent performance during Villa’s 3-2 victory over Everton at the weekend.

The former Leeds United youth star has really come into his own this season, performing to such a high standard that he’s now established himself as a regular England international.

Since Tim Sherwood took charge at Villa Park, you would be hard pressed to find many better midfielders in the top-flight and the Merseyside duo have both suffered from his brilliance.

Firstly, Delph grabbed the winning goal during his side’s 2-1 FA Cup semi-final victory over Liverpool, condemning the Reds to a trophy-less campaign and ruining Steven Gerrard’s leaving gift.

And two weeks later, Liverpool’s rivals Everton were also undone by the midfielder as Delph alongside in-form striker Christian Benteke inspired Sherwood’s side in a vital victory over the Toffees.

The Midlands outfit’s two standout performers have rightfully won plenty of plaudits for their contributions in recent weeks and did enough to earn a place in Garth Crooks' BBC Team of the Week.

The BBC pundit said of Delph: “Here is a player who has found his way again under the direction of manager Tim Sherwood at Aston Villa.

“After his impressive display against Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final, Fabian Delph got rave reviews for his performance in Saturday's 3-2 win over Everton.

“I suspect football fans from Merseyside are beginning to get sick of the sight of him by now.”

The 25-year-old has started 24 Premier League matches for the Villa Park outfit this season, contributing three assists and an impressive average of 2.1 tackles per encounter.

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