Fabian Delph’s move to Manchester City from Aston Villa will not hamper his development, Peter Taylor has told Sky Sports.
The midfielder completed a move to the Etihad Stadium earlier this month after originally turning down a move in favour of staying at the Villans.
There have naturally been suggestions that he has moved simply for the money and to help boost City’s homegrown players quota, with many saying that his development will take a huge hit as a consequence.
Former England U21 coach Taylor, though, does not subscribe to that theory, saying the player still has more to offer to both club and country.
“I would still say that's a good move for him, because I still think there's more in the tank for club and country,” he told Sky Sports.
“Delph has got enough confidence in himself to suggest he'll get ahead of those players [Yaya Toure etc]. He's a different type, and it provides a nice blend for Manchester City.”
Better players but less game time
At this moment in time, it is hard to predict whether Delph’s development will suffer at City as it is still very much in the air.
The most prevalent argument is that he will struggled to get into the side with the likes of Yaya Toure, Fernandinho and Fernando all ahead of him in the lineup and arguably bigger stars than he is.
That was not an issue at Villa, where he was one of the star men and an almost certainty in the first team week in week out.
However, playing with the big stars at City is also likely to prove a boost to him as well. He arguably had a good season last year as well, suggesting he may be in Manuel Pellegrini’s mind for a starting place rather than on the bench.
What is certain, however, is that next season will be a crucial one in Delph’s development as a footballer.