Pat Heard explains his perception of Fabian Delph has completely changed

Former Aston Villa player Pat Heard says his perception of midfielder Fabian Delph has completely changed.

Former Aston Villa player Pat Heard explained on talkSPORT how his perception and vision of the modern game has changed due to the actions of ex-midfielder Fabian Delph.

Delph turned his back on Aston Villa recently to take a move to Manchester City and Heard, like many Villa fans, seems to be swaying towards the idea that loyalty is now dead.

He’s also suggested that the only thing that will upset the majority over the way Delph has handled his career and his future, is the statement the player put out where he said he would be staying at Villa Park ahead of the new campaign.

“I do look at him now quite differently to how I did three or four years ago. I was one of these people to say show loyalty and everything like this,” he told talkSPORT.

“The only thing he’s done wrong, which really upset people is that he shouldn’t have put this big statement out about being a loyal person – If he could take those words back I’m sure he would.”

Time to move on

Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood, his assistant Ray Wilkins and the club’s supporters can’t do anything about the situation which has developed.

What they can take control of is the immediate future of the football club and being proactive in terms of the squad and getting them ready for the start of the Premier League season.

They have to try and get some positivity and confidence back into the squad because those values will be lacking due to the Delph transfer and the poor way the club finished last season.

Delph knows exactly what sort of reception he’ll get when he next comes up against Aston Villa but Sherwood needs to ensure the football, and hopefully a win over Manchester City, is what everyone is talking about.

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