Darren Bent has torn into Everton midfielder Fabian Delph and says that he has “been exposed” since his move from Manchester City.
The former England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the 30-year-old is being asked to do more at Goodison Park than he was at City and suggests he may be struggling with the demands.
Delph has featured in every Premier League game since Carlo Ancelotti’s arrival at the club, Tuesday night’s draw against Newcastle United his 17th appearance across all competitions this season.
Bent says that he is disappointed with what he has seen from Delph this season and says the added responsibilities of playing for a less dominant side are an issue.
Bent told Football Insider: “I don’t think he’s hit the heights, the standards that we’ve seen from him.
“Obviously a great player at Manchester City, did really well for them but was asked to do a lot less at Manchester City because obviously (they are) a dominant team. At Everton he’s been exposed a little bit.
“I’m sure Ancelotti’s watching the situation, evaluating all these players and assessing where they can go, who’s there to stay and who maybe he wants to move on. I think at the minute they’re all having to do their bit.”
Delph played the full 90 minutes in Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Newcastle, the Toffees letting Florian Lejeune score an injury-time double to see the points shared on Merseyside.
The midfielder played 89 times for Manchester City, featuring both in the middle and at left-back, 30 of those appearances coming from the substitutes’ bench.