Journalist Pete O’Rourke has been speaking to GiveMeSport about how Everton could be set to offer Fabian Delph a new contract.
Not so long ago, it appeared that Delph’s future at Goodison Park could come to an end after he got into a spat online with a Toffees fan over his and some other players’ recent performances.
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However, after starting his first game for Everton since December when they beat Manchester United in early April, he may just have a crucial role to play under Frank Lampard as the Toffees look to stave off the threat of relegation.
Transfer expert O’Rourke believes that Delph could well be handed a rather unlikely lifeline under Lampard with the club looking to hand him a new deal. Asked whether it could be a possibility, the journalist said: “Potentially, it could maybe have Everton have a rethink on what they’re going to do with Fabian Delph.
“I think before that game, many people would have expected Delph to leave on a free transfer when his contract is up, but he came in from the cold against Manchester United and performed really well in that midfield role. For Everton right now, he’s obviously out of contract.
“He’s not getting any younger either, so, it’s going to be hard for him to turn things around and get a new deal at Goodison Park.”
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The former England international has only been able to rack up 37 appearances since he joined Everton back in 2019 in what has been a frustrating period of his career. However, if he can remain fit, Lampard could have a massive player on his hands for the relegation battle.
Delph made it look like he had never missed a game all season when he played against Man United, racking up the third-best pass completion rate out of players that started for Everton, as well as winning the third-most tackles out of anyone in a blue shirt (FBRef).
Given he is set to become a free agent in the summer, it could be a wise decision to extend his deal, as if Everton can tie Delph down for at least another season on reasonable wages, the wealth of experience Delph has means he could be a big help in and around the dressing room if things get tough.