Why West Ham United should have signed Fabian Delph
West Ham have recovered well after their battering against Manchester City in their first game of the season. They have got 7 points from their first 4 games which, when compared to last season, is a massive improvement. The Londoners had no points to speak of at the same stage the last term.
As the season goes on, certain deficiencies will be exposed, however. In fact, that has already started to happen with West Ham conceding numerous chances in their 4 games.
They are required to overachieve massively in the defensive department since West Ham are a little short in the defensive midfield department.
West Ham have a lot of creative players now but they look very vulnerable when out of possession, having sold Pedro Obiang. They have an ageing Mark Noble and while Declan Rice has been a sensation in that holding midfield role, he’s not the most mobile player in the world.
One player who would’ve helped shoulder that burden alongside Rice would be his fellow international, Fabian Delph, who was linked with a move in the summer but ended up joining Everton. Delph is vastly experienced with his stints at Aston Villa and Manchester City.
Delph joined Manchester City during current West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini’s tenure and he would’ve really shored up that midfield.
Delph is a reliable player at the centre of the park and retains possession very well, which is why he was used by Pep Guardiola in an inverted full-back role last season. He also doesn’t shy away from his defensive duties.
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Another very important facet to his game is his leadership qualities. He’s always been a very vocal player and that’s not just during his time at City but also when he plays for the England national team.
West Ham will be very happy with their attacking department but their defence and midfield will be a worry and they should’ve tried harder to get someone with Delph’s qualities.