By Matt Farr
Leeds have been linked with a shock move to bring Fabian Delph back to the club this month – and fans on Twitter were not overly optimistic at their chances.
Sports website TeamTalk reported on Monday that Leeds were considering a loan move for the club’s academy graduate and current England midfielder, as he struggles for a regular first-team role at Manchester City.
Delph has made just four appearances in all competitions under Pep Guardiola this season, and could be tempted to quit the Etihad in favour of returning to one of his former clubs.
The 27-year-old enjoyed two previous spells at Elland Road, spending a month on loan from Aston Villa in 2012, after beginning his senior career there.
After hearing of a potential reunion with Delph, Leeds fans took to social media to share their views.
Here are some of their messages on Twitter:
Max Grade NO..Fabian Delph YES bring it on
— Ronnie Eyre 💙💛 (@EyreLeeds) January 17, 2017
— Ryan (@LeedsUtdRyan) January 17, 2017
We don't want Delph or anyone else that's previously been at leeds unless you can bring back bowyer n the chief
— 1919 – 2019 💙💛 (@scotttownend2) January 16, 2017
I'd love to see Delph back at #lufc but let's be realistic. We've got no chance.
— All Leeds Aren't We (@LeedsNewsMOT) January 16, 2017
Delph is a top player but no chance in hell he will drop to our level #lufc
— Kershaw (@DavidKershaw7) January 17, 2017
@LeedsLeedsLeed_ do we need anymore midfielders I think not.
— Simon (@bulmer_simon) January 16, 2017
Nothing confirmed yet. As good a player as he is, you do wonder if he'd get a game. Still, him and Bridcutt together – 👍
— James Marshment (@marshyleeds) January 16, 2017
Despite Delph’s lack of appearances for Manchester City this season, a return to Leeds does seem an unlikely prospect.
Pep Guardiola is likely to rotate his midfield options in the coming weeks, meaning Delph could get an opportunity to impress before any decision is made on his long-term future.
He missed much of the season with injury, but returned to the matchday squad for City’s Premier League defeat to Everton at the weekend.
He could make his first Premier League appearance since August when Guardiola’s men take on Tottenham on Saturday.