According to the Mirror, we’re going to offer Fabian Delph a new improved contract.
While there’s apparently nothing official, the player has unofficially been told that he’s integral in Paul Lambert’s plans for the first team;
I like this story, as I believe he’s worth a new contract, based on his overall performances this season. Indeed, if you think about it, he’s probably the best bet for our player of the year, even though he’s had a bad couple of games.
A couple of things surprised me about this though.
First off, I’d forgotten that he’s only 24. That’s still pretty young for a potentially dominant midfielder and if he keeps improving, would mean we might get quite a few years of service from him.
The second is that the story seems to hint that we might double his wages, in the same way we did with Benteke.
That simply isn’t going to happen, because although I’m normally very clued up on what players supposedly earn, this time I have to say I don’t know for sure. I have a nagging feeling that he was signed up on about £25k a week though.
So £50k a week? No chance.
I’ve always liked Delph. He’s a Frank Lampard type player, the box to box type that we all like, who can also score goals with cracking shots.
His injuries hit him hard and my belief is that those, coupled with the way he was coached under McLeish, nearly ruined him as a player.
He’s come through that and has gone on to be touted as a possible England player, which is all to his credit.
He does have his critics though.
When he has an off-day, he can seem somewhat like a headless chicken.
And his tackling can at least be called over-zealous.
Which is why I’m asking the question.
In other news, Arsenal are supposedly in for Leandro Bacuna as a replacement for Bacary Sagna.