Fabian Delph: Captaincy hasn't changed me, I say the same things

Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph says he hasn't been changed by the responsibility of the captaincy at the club.

Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph has explained on the club’s website that his approach hasn’t changed since he was handed the captaincy by manager Tim Sherwood.

Sherwood has made Delph his main man in terms of leadership, but he says it hasn’t changed him because he always felt a responsibility to lead the team regardless.

“I'm really enjoying it here. And I'm really enjoying being captain of Villa. I've always felt since I've been a regular in the side that I had a responsibility anyway,” he said.

“I still say the same things before games. It hasn't really changed the way I am, the only difference is I've got an armband around me.”

Sherwood arrived at Villa Park with the club in a mess and he has previously commented on the determination, which has been shown by Delph when he could have pushed for a move away from Villa Park.

The immediate priority, which Delph will be stressing to his teammates on a daily basis is the need for everyone to look no further than keeping the club in the Premier League.

As captain, it’s easy to understand how his mind could wonder to the FA Cup final against Arsenal at the end of the month and the silverware he could be lifting for the club.

However, the club’s league status is more important and as a leader in the midfield and at the club in general, that’s something Delph should be sweating blood to protect.

Delph’s comments show he’s an individual not swayed or affected by personal achievements, which is something Sherwood will be delighted about.

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