The England international recently announced that he would be staying at Villa Park for the forthcoming season, with Redknapp suggesting that manager Tim Sherwood has dodged a bullet in terms of not having to replace him.
“It’s like a new signing for them – I looked at that and thought Aston Villa could be in real trouble this season if they lose him – Tim could have had a really struggle on his hands but it’s great news for the Villa fans – I’m sure it’s a good decision for him to stay there and to be a big fish,” he told talkSPORT.
Why is Delph so important for Villa?
Delph is vital for Aston Villa for a number of different reasons, but primarily because he’s the leader in the team.
He’s Sherwood’s captain and the man who relays the manager’s messages during big games, while also ensuring that everyone is pulling their weight and that Aston Villa’s key players are being treated fairly.
He’s also not a bad midfielder and someone who can get stuck in, control the game and be more creative as he nudges further forward.
An example to others
His loyalty to Aston Villa is admirable and it should be used as an example for any player tempted to try and force a move away from the club.
One of the only ways that Aston Villa are going to progress over the next few seasons, is if they keep their key players in place and build around them in the transfer market.