Dublin: I hear Fabian Delph has started to help the kids at Villa

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Former Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin has commented on the extra efforts apparently being made by Fabian Delph at the club.

Former Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin told talkSPORT that he’s heard Fabian Delph’s impact at the club stretches far beyond the training ground.

Delph has become a very important player under Tim Sherwood and has been handed the captaincy role under the gaffer, since he came in to replace old boss Paul Lambert.

Some may suggest that creates an extra burden for the England midfielder, but Dublin has suggested that everyone he speaks to about Delph, has commented on the extra efforts he makes away from the pitch.

“Delph on his day can turn a game on his own. He’s very direct and likes to go past players. He’s got some pace, he’s got some energy – I hear he’s very vocal on the training ground when it comes to the kids and looking after them,” he said.

A captain has to remember that he’s always representing his club, his manager and his players, even when he’s not doing anything remotely connected with football.

What’s encouraging about Dublin’s comments is that they show a willingness from Delph to help out in areas he could easily overlook.

It’s not his direct responsibility to look after younger players, but it’s something he does anyway because of his role as captain, which makes him a role model for the youngsters looking to get into the first team.

Where Sherwood and the player face a challenge next season is with the demand from Villa’s fans that the coming season is drastically different to the last.

Delph is going to be under massive pressure because of how important it is for the club to get off to a good start after the struggles of last season.

If early results don’t go as the club would be hoping for, Delph needs to make sure heads don’t start to drop in the dressing room.

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