Date: 1st January 2020 at 7:46pm
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A few Everton fans have been slamming Fabian Delph on social media for his performance against Manchester City on New Year’s Day.

Carlo Ancelotti fielded Delph in the starting line-up at the Etihad, for what was the midfielder’s second appearance against his former side since his £10million summer switch from the champions.

Delph had started Ancelotti’s first game in charge against Burnley on Boxing Day, but was unable to repeat the result away to Man City as Pep Guardiola’s Sky Blues dealt the boss his first defeat since succeeding Marco Silva.

The midfield battle was very much where the game was won or lost at the Etihad on Wednesday evening, as the Citizens sought to control the flow of the match while we were often penned back defending the edge of Jordan Pickford’s area.

But Delph struggled to have a positive effect on proceedings with the England international’s passing often letting him down, while the 30-year-old’s positional awareness also played into the host’s favour at times.

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Delph recorded 29 accurate passes from 37 attempts on New Year’s Day, though only one of his four long-range efforts found a teammate, per data collected by WhoScored and Sofa Score.

The two-time Premier League winner also only recorded one successful tackle from six attempts, lost half of his aerial duels, six of his ten ground duels, lost possession nine times and committed one foul.

Here are some of the messages shared as fans offered their thoughts on Delph’s performance…

In other Everton news, the club expect to conclude a £19.5million deal.

 

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