Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard and Aston Villa’s Fabian Delph are two midfielders whose expiring contracts have been a hot topic in the transfer gossip business in recent months.
Both will be free agents following the conclusion of the current season, though today’s tittle-tattle suggests that from January they’ll be joining forces on Merseyside.
Brendan Rodgers apparently regards energetic Villan Delph as the perfect long-term successor to his current skipper Gerrard and will make a move for him once the transfer window opens.
After a sluggish start to his career in the west Midlands, the former Leeds youngster has established himself as a mainstay in Paul Lambert’s midfield with a string of impressive performances last term.
Injury has impacted upon his involvement this time around, but this hasn’t perturbed the Reds.
However, the England international should resist any Anfield overtures this winter.
Being heir to Gerrard’s throne is a serious mantle to take on and the languid way with which Delph coped with moving from Leeds to Villa suggests he requires plenty of time to settle.
This is a commodity that wouldn’t be forthcoming at Liverpool, as Dejan Lovren and co will attest.
Furthermore, the above statistical comparison between Gerrard and Delph demonstrates the discrepancy between the two players.
His prospects of dislodging the 34-year-old from the first-team picture based on these figures don’t look good.
The Villa pretender would be better served remaining where he is, enjoying unbridled first-team access.
Similarly, these substandard stats suggest Delph isn’t of the quality to replace a player of Gerrard’s calibre, striking as more of a budget solution.
After a disastrous summer in the transfer market, Rodgers’ signings need to be good ones and it’s fair to say pursuing this target wouldn’t be wise.