Tim Sherwood explains why Aston Villa's Fabian Delph is underrated

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The Villa boss believes his captain doesn't get enough credit for his all-round skills.

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has suggested to AVTV that captain Fabian Delph’s impressive work rate means his creative qualities often get overlooked.

Delph, 25, has proved crucial to Villa’s upturn in fortunes since Sherwood’s appointment and saw his new boss him label him the Premier League’s best midfielder on current form after picking up an assist in last weekend’s 3-2 home win over Everton.

The former Leeds United man endured a slow start to his claret and blue career due to a series of long-term injuries but a breakout 2013-14 campaign led to rave reviews and even received him his first senior international call-up in September.

He has since earned five caps and started England’s past two games against Lithuania and Italy, respectively, but Sherwood still maintains that his new skipper is decidedly underrated compared to his peers.

“I think when someone works as hard as him then it’s easy to just label him a hard-worker,” said Sherwood. “He is that – he gives you everything on the pitch – but he’s got that special quality too.

“He effects the opposition, drives with the ball, commits players, finds the extra man, has a good passing range and can score goals.

“He can get more goals too. There’s no doubt that he’s an all-around midfield player.”

Delph was set to be out of contract at the end of the season but surprised fans and the media alike in late-January after penning a new long-term deal to ward of reported interest [per the Telegraph] from the likes of Everton, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in his signature.

Sherwood’s comments suggest there are some similarities between him and former Villa favourite James Milner, who often gets the same treatment when it comes to the “hard-worker” label, but the claret and blue faithful will hope that their current midfield talisman doesn’t end up following in his footsteps in leaving the Midlands for a top four club.

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