Darren Bent insists that Everton midfielder Fabian Delph has a big part to play both on and off the field after Andre Gomes’ serious injury blow.
The former Aston Villa and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the summer arrival brings more than just footballing ability to Goodison Park, highlighting his experience and leadership qualities that others may not possess.
Delph was playing alongside Gomes in the middle of the park when the Portuguese star suffered a broken ankle against Tottenham, the English ace missing against Southampton after failing a late fitness test.
Bent says that Delph’s influence stretches to those around him both when he’s playing and in the dressing room or out on the training pitch and that he will be a key member of the side in Gomes’ absence.
Bent told Football Insider: “Gomes is no longer there and even though Delphy is not a creative midfielder by any stretch of the imagination, he can create but that’s not his game.
“He’s experienced enough to go: ‘You know what, I know what needs to be done.’ He’s played in title-winning sides, he’s played in the Champions League, he’s played in so many big games in his career they’re lucky are Everton they’ve got someone of his calibre there.
“He brings that leadership quality and that is a character that you just can’t teach. A lot of guys haven’t got that.”
Delph, 29, has played a total of 10 times for the Toffees since moving from Manchester City over the summer transfer window, the two-time Premier League winner still waiting for his first goal in Everton blue.
He has 176 top-flight appearances under his belt after spells at City and Aston Villa, while he has also picked up 20 caps for England.
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