Aston Villa were one of the busiest teams during the summer transfer market, bringing in 12 new players while seeing as many as 13 depart the club.
The England international midfielder pledged his allegiance to Villa via an official statement on the club's website, only to go back on his words within a matter of days and sign for City once they activated his release clause.
It was a move which clearly riled the Villa supporters, but it was seemingly anticipated by the club as they immediately sought out a replacement, bringing in Idrissa Gueye from Lille.
Idrissa has made an immediate impression at Villa Park, and so good have his performances been that there are whispers in the West Midlands of Villa actually getting the better deal.
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Well, as per the table provided by Opta Stats, such talk does hold plenty of weight as the Senegal international has actually bettered Delph in as many as six key categories so far.
Comparing Gueye's form this season to that of Delph last season, Villa’s new signing averages more tackles, interceptions, defensive duel winners and ball recoveries per Premier League match.
Moreover, he also averages more touches per match – illustrating that he may have better movement in possession and a bigger influence when instigating attacks from deep.
Alongside new left-back Jordan Amavi, Gueye has been a breath of the fresh air at Villa Park and not only ranks as one of the club’s best signings, but also arguably among the best in the Premier League.