The dust has now settled on the midfielder’s move to Manchester City, shortly after he stated a message of loyalty to Aston Villa which he has now gone back on in emphatic style.
Collymore feels that Villa fans can accept any player leaving the club in a transfer deal, but has suggested that Delph pulling the wool over the eyes of the club’s fans everywhere is what makes the exit a bitter pill to swallow.
“Players move – I don’t think it’s the moving to go onto other things. I think it’s the fact he’s completely mugged off hundreds of thousands of Aston Villa fans around the world by professing his loyalty, not once but twice,” he told talkSPORT.
The move is over, it’s happened and there’s no way that Aston Villa are going to change anything.
The player will get a very frosty reception the next time he comes up against his old club, but from manager Tim Sherwood’s point of view, it will all be about learning lessons.
Sherwood has a big job to do over the rest of the summer in terms of explaining the transfer to the other players at the club and also, in terms of preventing any more of his key players from leaving.
Sherwood under pressure
To add to that challenge, Sherwood is also under pressure to go out and find good replacements for the players he has already lost this summer.
Delph was a top quality midfielder for the side, who also embodied a leadership role and Sherwood needs to try and find a replacement who ticks both of those boxes.