Shay Given suggests Fabian Delph now owes Tim Sherwood

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Former Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given says Fabian Delph deserves credit for his decision to stay at the club.

Former Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT that he feels Fabian Delph now owes Tim Sherwood.

Delph recently confirmed that he wouldn’t be leaving the club this summer, which was a line that Aston Villa always stuck by when there was speculation over his future, as discussed by the BBC.

He’s now got a chance to settle down and produce his best form in Aston Villa colours, leading an exciting and developing side as captain in a very important campaign for the club.

“It was a big turnaround to be honest because when one of the big clubs comes calling, it’s difficult to say no so Fabian deserves great credit – They stuck by him so he owes them – It’s great news because he’s one of the best players there, it’s win-win really,” he told talkSPORT.

Time to move on

Whether Delph made the right decision is open to debate but it’s time for everyone concerned to move on and focus on the challenge, which is facing Aston Villa this coming season.

Villa boss Tim Sherwood will likely be very determined to ensure that his club don’t endure a similar season to the last campaign, narrowly avoiding relegation in the final few weeks of the season.

For Villa to improve and to prevent similar mistakes, Sherwood needs his key leaders all over the pitch to stand up and be counted.

Delph definitely falls into that category and it’s his responsibility to ensure that everyone is giving their best for the cause, while working to motivate the team’s key players during the difficult stages over the next ten months.

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