Fabian Delph is an English professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Manchester City and the English national team. Born on 21st November 1989, Delph was eligible to represent Guyana through his ancestry but chose England.
Born in Bradford, England, Delph started his career in football as a youngster at Bradford City. He was with the academy in the 2000 and 2001 before moving to Leeds United academy in 2001 for 6 years. After a string of impressive performances in spring 2007, Delph became the skipper of Leeds Reserves. On 6th May 2007, Leeds handed him his debut as a substitute in the final match of the 2006–07 season against Derby County.
On 11th January 2008, Delph was awarded his first professional contract and made two appearances for Leeds in the 2007–08 season, both as a substitute.
During the 2008-09 season, Delph was nominated for the League One player of the year and ended up winning the young player of the year at the end of season Football League Awards. Leed who weren't able to provide the promotion to the Premier League couldn’t get hold of such a talent as Premier League Giants like Everton, Manchester City, Fulham, Sunderland, Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa were linked with Delph.
On 3rd August 2009, Villa agreed on an undisclosed fee with Leeds for the transfer of Delph to Villa Park. He made his debut on 15th August which was the opening day of the 2009-10 season. It was a debut to forget as Villa lost 2-0 to the visiting Wigan Athletic by receiving a yellow card and being replaced at the 61st minute.
On 3rd September 2014, He made his international debut in a friendly against Norway coming on as a substitute as England won the encounter 1–0.
Rise to glory
On 23rd January 2010, Delph scored his first goal for Aston Villa in the 4th round of FA Cup where they beat Brighton & Hove Albion 3-2 at home.
On 28th August 2012, He scored his second goal in the League Cup against Tranmere Rovers after returning from a knee injury that kept him out of action for 8 months.
During the 2012–13 Premier League season, Delph finished the season with 24 appearances. In the second half of the season, Delph showed good chemistry with Ashley Westwood and Yacouba Sylla in the center of midfield as Villa escaped the Relegation by finishing with 41 points.
He had one of the best games of his career in the opening day of the 2012-13 season when Villa defeated Arsenal 3-1 as his challenges and passing were crucial and continued his fine form in the losse against Liverpool and Chelsea later that week.
On 8th September 2014, Delph made his first start for the Three Lions in the first match of UEFA Euro 2016 qualification and played the whole 2–0 victory over Switzerland at St. Jakob-Park, Basel.
On 7th March 2015, Delph scored the first goal as Villa defeated local rivals West Bromwich Albion 2–0 to reach the FA Cup semi-final.
On 19th April 2015, Villa came back from behind to defeat Liverpool 2-1 with Delph scoring the winner but was humiliated in the final by Arsenal as they lost 4-0.
On 17th July 2015, Delph signed Premier League club Manchester City for a reported fee of £10.35 million.
He made his debut for the blues in the 2015 International Champions Cup at the Melbourne Cricket ground against Real Madrid in the 4-1 defeat an was taken off after suffering an injury in the 18th minute.
On 28nd November 2015, Delph scored his first goal for Manchester City against Southampton the second in the 3–1 win.
On 23rd December 2008, Delph was arrested driving under the influence of Alcohol in Rothwell, Leeds. He was charged with driving whilst over the limit and was fined £1,400 along with being disqualified from driving for 18 months.
His move to Manchester City was not taken by the Villa fans easily on the Summer 2015 transfers.
Delph began his career after being promoted from the Leeds Under 18 to the Leeds first team in the Summer of 2007. A couple of seasons later, he was moved to Aston Villa for a reported fee of £8.55million.
On 20th January 2012, he was sent back to Leeds on loan for a month where he featured in 5 matches. He then returned to Aston Villa. On 17th July 2015, Delph signed Premier League club Manchester City for a reported fee of £10.35 million after denying any chances of leaving the Villa Park six days earlier.