Stats suggest Delph can succeed where Milner failed at Man City

Stats suggest Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph would earn a first-team place at Manchester City

Fabian Delph and Fernandinho could be competing for the same spot Photo: www.oulala.com

Micah Richards has revealed that his new Aston Villa team-mate Fabian Delph has asked about life at Manchester City following reports linking the 25-year-old with a move away from Villa Park.

Delph’s concerns understandably revolve around the amount of first-team football he’d get.

Opta-powered fantasy football game www.oulala.com have released stats that will reassure the England international that first-team football at City is very likely should his move to the Etihad transpire.

Of the five key criteria analysed, the 25-year-old comfortably outperformed City regular, Fernandinho, despite playing fewer Premier League games than the Brazilian last season.

Delph made more successful passes per game than Fernandinho (49.4 to 45.8) in the Premier League, enough that he would have in-fact ranked third in the entire City squad last season, behind only Yaya Toure and David Silva.

With 1.2 key passes per game to Fernandinho’s 0.8 and 1.3 chances created per game to 0.9 from the City midfielder, Delph shone further.

Both players tallied three assists each while Delph held a further advantage defensively, successfully completing 48.5% of his attempted tackles to just 35.5% from the Brazilian.

After watching the likes of James Milner and Jack Rodwell fail to hold down a place in the City first-team, Delph’s concerns are understandable. However, looking at the numbers he has nothing to worry about.

First-team football awaits you, Fabian.

This infographic was supplied by Opta-powered fantasy football game www.oulala.com

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