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How Fabian Delph's much-needed qualities have prompted Everton to deviate from their transfer model

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Fabian Delph might not fit into the age category of dynamic young talent that director of football Marcel Brands has declared he wants to keep bringing to the club but the last time Everton raided Manchester City for an experienced midfielder that didn't turn out so bad did it?

We both have to agree.” So considering such remarks it would seem that Delph's leadership skills – something sorely lacking within the team at times last season; his wealth of experience within the division at a leading club and versatility have seen him earmarked as being sufficiently attractive for the Blues to deviate from their transfer model.

“That's why we invested in young players last summer.

Everton is a club that also has to sell players so it is necessary to get younger players to invest in.

When you examine closely what Brands actually said, he spoke of not wanting to invest BIG MONEY on players who are older, rather than completely ruling such individuals out and with just one year left on his current contract and a reported price tag of around £8.5million, Delph appears to be considered an astute piece of business.

There are many similarities between the pair but at still four months short of his 30th birthday, Delph is not quite the grizzled veteran Barry was when he swapped Manchester City for Everton.

Despite already being 32-and-a-half by the time he signed for Everton, he would go on to give the club four years of sterling service and when he did depart for West Bromwich Albion in 2017, in an act of personal generosity from Ronald Koeman to enable him to enjoy more regular first team football, there were still many regular patrons at Goodison who felt he could still do a job and was let go too early.
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