Everton’s recent activity in the transfer market to bring Fabian Delph to Goodison Park has been described as a ‘fantastic addition’ by former England right-back Danny Mills.
Speaking with Football Insider, the player turned pundit gushed over the England international’s arrival at Goodison Park, having left Manchester City for a reported £8.5million rising to £10million through add-ons, and signed a three-year deal believed to be worth £120,000-a-week.
Mills expects the money spent has been wise, though, as Delph’s experience of dominating the English domestic game at the Etihad Stadium under Pep Guardiola will give Marco Silva a huge boost next season, as he can help to fill the lack of leadership Phil Jagielka’s exit has caused.
The 29-year-old’s arrival on Merseyside has also given the boss a talented individual that could help to hold down duties in defensive midfield, which should only be necessary on a rotary basis so long as Idrissa Gana Gueye remains at the club.
“Fabian has an incredible amount of experience, [and] still has an awful lot to offer,” Mills said.
“He’s very, very fit, gets around the pitch, likes to put his foot in, [and] might just offer that little bit of steel in that holding role for Everton in the midfield. I think he’ll be a fantastic addition to the squad.
“It adds quality, it adds experience, obviously with the likes of Phil Jagielka moving on, you’ve lost a little bit of experience and a player of that ilk, you’ve got somebody who has been there and done it, but also has a winning mentality. [He’s] been around that winning mentality, and he can pass that on to his teammates.”
Delph will wear the number eight shirt next season, previously worn by Andre Gomes during his season on loan from Barcelona, but vacated after the Portuguese midfielder adopted the number 21.
Other players to have worn the number eight Everton jersey include Ross Barkley, Louis Saha, Gary Lineker and Andy Gray.