Saturday 22 October 2016

Delph hails commitment and appetite of Villa young gun Grealish

Published 30/04/2015 | 02:30

Fabian Delph has spoken highly of team-mate Jack Grealish
Fabian Delph has spoken highly of team-mate Jack Grealish

Fabian Delph has praised Jack Grealish's dedication and says his appetite for hard work lies behind his successful transition to the first team at Aston Villa.

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The highly-rated teenager, who is still mulling over his international future, has taken Tim Sherwood's team by storm and Delph is not surprised after noting Grealish's willingness to stay on the training pitch with him after all the other players have departed.

"Him and I are always the last ones out on the pitches as he's always wanting to do extra," said Delph. "He has a real desire to improve and be the best player he can - that's great to see.

"From the start of the season, Jack has been terrific. With the new manager coming in he has been given the platform to showcase his skills and he has stepped up to the mark.

"He is a great talent and he is always wanting to learn. But he is great to have around the place too because he's a bubbly lad."

Delph feels that the 19-year-old is perfectly suited to the players that Villa have at their disposal.


"When you've got pace up front like Christian (Benteke) and Gabby (Agbonlahor), it is always good to have someone behind them who can pick the passes out and express himself," he said.

"That's what Jack does. He has real quality in the final third and he can really unpick the locks.

"To be fair, the lads expected nothing less from him as he's been quality from the minute he was given his chance."

Meanwhile, Cork City's League of Ireland title hopes have been hit with a significant blow after skipper John Dunleavy was ruled out for four months with a meniscal knee injury.

Dunleavy was stretchered off in the first half of last Friday's defeat to Dundalk and received the bad news from a specialist this week.

"It is obviously extremely disappointing for Johnny and for us to lose him for the next few months," said City boss John Caulfield. "He is in very good hands with the medical team and we all wish him a speedy recovery."

Injury has ruled out some leading members of Tom Mohan's Ireland U-17 squad for next month's European Championships in Bulgaria. Everton's Steven Kinsella and Celtic's Brandon Payne are notable absentees, but Conor Masterson of Liverpool and England target Anthony Scully of West Ham are included.

Ireland U17 Squad - Kelleher (Ringmahon Rangers FC), Craddock (Shelbourne), Wade-Slater (St Kevin's Boys), O'Keeffe (Birmingham), Masterson (Liverpool), Hanney (Shamrock Rovers), Leahy (Coventry), Lunney (Preston), McCourt (WBA), Ronan (Wolves), Agyei-Tabi (Arsenal), Scully (West Ham), Levingston (Wolves), Elbouzedi (WBA), Aherne (Lucan), Clarke (St Kevin's Boys), Barrett (Reading), Gray (St Kevin's Boys)

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