Saturday, 1 August 2009

MH admits Delph interest

From BBC Sport:

"We have an interest in the situation," said City boss Mark Hughes after their 1-1 friendly away draw with Barnsley...

"He is a young player who has been brought to our attention," said Hughes of City's interest in Delph, who is likely to command a transfer fee of in excess of £6m.

"I'm not sure where we are up to with that because obviously I have been busy with the game."

This is regarding Leeds United's 19 year old midfielder Fabian Delph. He had previously been linked with most EPL sides but to see him connected with us - and this strongly - is a surprise. My one concern would be his similarity - in age and style - to Michael Johnson. I would presume that had Hughes seen signs that Johnson would do well this season, he would feel no need to buy Delph. But then MH did say this recently about MJ:

Hughes said: "We want Michael back. We had a brief reminder when he had 45 minutes in South Africa, but it was only brief because he is not at the level he needs to be.

"But that showed the qualities he has got. He is an outstanding talent and we have to do everything in our power to get him back to where we know he can be.

"We think we have got to the bottom of the problems he had last year, and hopefully we can address them in the next two or three weeks and then he would be another player for us."

We'll find out soon enough. But I can't see Delph and Johnson playing a big role for us in 09/10.


alenty said...

I might be wrong, but I thought Delph was a left winger? It's a position that has been vacant with our more youthful players since Miller went to West Brom...
I've only seen youtube footage of this kid and have read rave reviews about him - although I watched some youtube highlights of Samaras and thought he was going to be the next Pele!!!

jackblue said...

At 19yo this would surely be one for the future.

JPB said...

I think he's a box to box midfielder. And he's only 19 months younger than Jonno.

trinder said...

He's not a winger but a left-sided central midfielder. I'm all in favour of buying up the best young talent but only if they're going to get a chance. And before anyone says 'if they're good enough, they'll get a game' that isn't true. They won't get good enough without being given time on the pitch.

cf. Scott Sinclair, Adel Taarabt