A report on Friday suggested that Villa are keen to bring their former captain back on loan.
There is always much debate about potential transfer targets, but Aston Villa fans were divided on Friday by the Telegraph's report that Steve Bruce is considering attempting to bring former captain Fabian Delph back to the club on loan this month.
Delph was one of Villa's best players in his latter seasons at the club, but left in hugely acrimonious circumstances in 2015.
The midfielder was due to move to Manchester City before apparently changing his mind and publicly announcing his intention to stay at Villa, before then completing the full 360-degree spin by joining the wealthy club.
His time at City has been unsuccessful on an individual basis, however (with the notable exception of his rising bank balance), as injuries and a hugely increased standard of competition for places have restricted him to just eight Premier League starts for the club, and none at all under Pep Guardiola this term.
Now, a report from the Telegraph has suggested that Bruce will look to capitalise on this lack of game time by attempting to strike a deal to bring the 27-year-old back to Villa Park.
That, if true, is a remarkably bold move. Delph would undoubtedly increase the quality of Villa's midfield to a huge degree, but he remains public enemy number one amongst a large chunk of the fanbase.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Villa supporters simply could not agree on their feelings about the potential move after the report surfaced:
I would welcome Delph back with open arms— Anatoli Remoaner (@ThatsDA5) January 6, 2017
Don't know how I'd feel about Delph coming back. Had he left in a different way, I'd welcome him back with open arms— Molly (@m0llyfaith) January 6, 2017
50/50 on Delph if I'm honest ,the type of midfielder we need , but hard to accept him after leaving the way he did #Avfc— Stack (@Kyle_Sands_) January 6, 2017
I hate Delph for the way he left and I still think he's a snake, but I'd have him back in a heartbeat #avfc— Zoe (@zk16204) January 6, 2017
I'd rather we folded than have Delph back.— Ron Egg (@molotov_bomb) January 6, 2017
We should agree a deal for Delph 10— Mark Hodson (@Hodsonm2) January 6, 2017
Minutes before the deadline then change our minds
If you wouldn't want Delph, just because of what happened when he left - then you a fool.— JJ Styles (@J_Wonderball) January 6, 2017
If you wouldn't want Delph back, take 5 minutes to watch some footage of Westwood and Gardner, then come back to me. #AVFC— Adz (@AdzW90) January 6, 2017
Cant believe some #avfc are admitting they'd take that Delph back. Morons. What would it take 4 you to not want some1 back? Mug ur Nan?— A.M.C (@Conway1Alex) January 6, 2017
Would 100% take Delph back. He'd be the best player in the league. It's a results game #avfc— Sam Willetts (@willows17) January 6, 2017
After some time to mull it over I've decided I hate delph. But boy would I love him back in that midfield.— Lon Ghi Man (@Longyman) January 6, 2017
Anyone who says they wouldn't want Delph back needs to give their head a wobble— Sym (@Symyew) January 6, 2017
I'd never accept Delph at Villa again, don't care how much he'd improve us— Ryan (@RyanFarleyyy) January 6, 2017
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