Manchester City’s decision to sign England midfielder Fabian Delph has been described as 'odd' by lifelong Citizens fan Noel Gallagher.
Delph performed a miraculous U-turn by joining last season’s Premier League runners-up in an £8m deal from Aston Villa earlier this month, and was heavily criticised for the manner of his exit from the Midlands club
The 25-year-old, along with Raheem Sterling and Patrick Roberts, have added to City’s dwindling home-grown quota, but Gallagher isn’t convinced the midfielder will feature regularly.
“Out of the two signings [Delph and Sterling], that one [Delph] was the oddest one,” Gallagher told the Sports Bar.
“I’m not sure how that’s going to work out. He’s got to get in front of Yaya [Toure], [David] Silva, [Samir] Nasri, Sterling and Fernandinho. There’s about six other experienced players in front of him.”
But, while the capture of Delph hasn’t particularly enthused Gallagher, the rock star believes the ex-Villa captain is a like-for-like replacement for James Milner, who joined Liverpool after his contract expired at the Etihad, and will grow into his role.
He has also been comforted by the nature of City’s recruits this summer, with younger players seemingly prioritised to compensate for what was an ageing squad last season.
On Delph’s arrival, Gallagher added: “He will replace Milner. He’s a good player and he might have a season of being on the fringes and then he might become a regular starter.
“But what I do like about the players City have signed and been linked with is they are all in their 20s, so clearly they are building for the next six years.”
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