Fabian Delph today paid tribute to manager Paul Lambert for putting his career back on track amid Villa’s topsy-turvy start to the season.
Delph has been the stand-out performer of a mixed campaign so far with the 23-year-old midfielder even getting a mention for an outside England chance in this World Cup season.
The Bradford-born player, signed in August 2009, has fought his way back from a cruciate ligament injury and then an ankle problem which brought his progress to a shuddering halt.
But after establishing himself in Lambert’s team during the manager’s first campaign, he has been the most consistent performer this season.
And he has no doubt the blossoming of his all-action game owes much to his manager’s firm but fair guidance.
“When I originally came back from injury I wasn’t training every day and for someone like me I think I have to,” he explained.
“When Paul Lambert came I thought I would have been training twice a week. But he was like ‘no chance – you’re training every day’.
“I feel a lot stronger, a lot more confident in my physical shape.”