Its been a long while since the Elland Road faithful had a new star around whom they could rally, but 18-year-old Fabian Delph is giving the locals a reason to turn up to their League One fixtures, while also attracting the attention of some of the Premier League’s top scouts.
If the whispers are to believed, Arsene Wenger is the latest name to be tagged as having an interest in the Leeds upstart, as the left-footed midfielder continues to grow his reputation as the best thing to come out of Yorkshire since Aaron Lennon.
From Leeds’ perspective, their foresight should be credited, having recently tied Delph down to a new four year contract guaranteeing that the player cannot leave on the cheap. Estimates suggest that Delph could be prized away from Leeds for Â£5million, Â£1million of which would go to Bradford as part of the deal that took Delph to United as an 11-year-old.
So is Delph worth the money? Steve Claridge recently gave the following verdict on the player after watching him play against Swindon. “Delph is a player who demands the ball and his team-mates are only too keen to give it to him, but it is when he has the ball that his class shows. His first thought is to drive into space. Such is his pace he can pass his marker from a standing start, then he settles in space and starts to play.”
Sounds like a player worth having? Despite only playing a handful of match for Leeds, several clubs appear convinced that Delph is one for the future, with rumours suggesting that aside from the Gunners, Chelsea, Manchester United, Sunderland and Bolton are also believed to be interested in tabling an offer.
So far this season Delph has bagged three goals, all coming from distance. His first arrived against Crewe, days after penning his new contract with The Whites, slamming his shot off the post for the opener (watch here). His second and third goals came last weekend against Walsall, both goals of the highest quality, as one rifled into the roof of the net while the second was accurately placed into the far corner (watch here).