Forget Benteke, Delph is the player Aston Villa miss, says SkySports pundit

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Manchester City's Fabian Delph is the player Aston Villa miss most, claims Alan McInally.

Former Aston Villa striker Alan McInally has suggested Fabian Delph is the player Aston Villa miss the most.

The club captain let down fans by making a U-turn on his pledge to stay at the club in July, signing with Manchester City days later.

He remains deeply unpopular with supporters for his actions, but on the pitch McInally believes he was the lynchpin of the team.

He told Soccer Special, broadcast on Tuesday evening at 7pm on SkySports 1: "I'm not his biggest fan but they really miss him (Delph) massively, forget Benteke.

"It's my old club who I love dearly still, and I've not had a chance to speak to Tim Sherwood yet, but I think when he takes the job on, he thinks we'll finish mid-table, all we have to do is bring x, y and z in."

Tim Sherwood was fired at the weekend after a home loss to Swansea City, which left Villa rock bottom of the Premier League table with only four points all season.

The failure to replace striker Christian Benteke and his prolific goalscoring rate was clearly detrimental to Villa, but their central midfield from last season disappearing was also a tough blow to take.

Delph's midfield partner Tom Cleverley elected to snub the chance to stay at the club and sign with Everton instead, and rather than the loss of just one player causing Villa's slump this season, it is the cumulative effect of the changes in personnel which went against Sherwood.

The one plus point perhaps for fans to take who are still angry with Delph, is that injuries have prevented him from making any sort of impact at City so far and rubbing in what they are missing.

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