With the Toffees breaking the bank to bring Alex Iwobi, Andre Gomes and Juventus wonderkid Moise Kean to Goodison Park over the summer, an £8 million deal for Manchester City benchwarmer Delph went under the radar.
But there is a reason why the former Leeds and Aston Villa star won 20 caps for England, plus two Premier League titles under Pep Guardiola.
Starting in victories against Wolves and Lincoln City in the last week, Delph caught the eye not only with his passing range and tenacity but his leadership skills too at the heart of a youthful Everton side.
And Ball has been immediately won over by a player who looks like a real bargain in today’s market.
“Delph has already showed what a natural born leader he is. (He) arrives with a winning mentality,” said a left-back who represented The Toffees between 1995 and 2001.
“You've clearly got to be good to play for Manchester City and have something about you to play under Pep Guardiola, and on Sunday (against Wolves) we saw for ourselves the quality he possesses.
“At £8million he could prove to be an absolute steal.”
Delph might not have been one of the first names on Man City’s team sheet but he was a vocal presence on and off the pitch, a model of professionalism and a perfect role model for budding young professionals to learn from.
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