Date: 18th July 2020 at 3:00pm
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Lots of Everton fans on social media are hoping Leeds United make a move to sign Fabian Delph in the summer following the Elland Road outfit’s promotion back into the Premier League.

Leeds secured their long-awaited return to the top-flight on Friday night and will now look to celebrate clinching the Championship title on Sunday when they visit Derby County, and many Everton supporters seem to want the West Yorkshire side to make Delph one of their first signings of the summer.

Delph graduated from Leeds’ academy to make his senior debut away to Derby aged 17 years, five months back in May 2007 and went on to make 57 further first-team appearances for the Whites.

His last game for the club came during a loan spell from Aston Villa, who bought Delph from Leeds in 2009, but the 30-year-old has always felt indebted to the Elland Road side for what he has gone on to achieve in his career.

Delph has not achieved much during his Everton career to date, having played just 1,471 minutes for the Toffees since his £10million switch from Manchester City a year ago and last featured under Carlo Ancelotti in February’s defeat at home to Arsenal.

The Gunners clash saw Delph make his 13th Premier League start for Everton, added to three substitute appearances, in which the England midfielder has recorded no goals or assists while only recording three shots, seven key balls, 58 accurate long passes, 26 tackles and 15 interceptions, per WhoScored data.

His performances have clearly left large corners of the Goodison Park faithful underwhelmed, with many wishing to see the £80,000-per-week flop axed in the summer…

Not all Everton supporters would like to see Delph sold after the first year of his three-year contract, as some still believe the midfielder has a part to play in Ancelotti’s plans.

Others, on the other hand, want to see the back of Delph but do not feel a homecoming is likely as the 30-year-old would not suit what Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa demands of his players, while the midfielder’s injury issues could also cause problems.

Delph suffered the first injury of his Everton career during a pre-season clash with Werder Bremen last summer that ruled him out of the opening games of the Premier League season. He then suffered a hamstring injury in October, aggravated the issue in November and later missed games through illness and suspension.

 

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