Delph performs his quickest ever turn

Fabian Delph has shifted position faster than he has ever done before, report Back of the Net...

A week after rejecting a move to Manchester City, former Aston Villa captain Fabian Delph has finally agreed to join Manuel Pellegrini's side, having performed the swiftest 180-degree turn of his entire career.

Delph's inability to face more than one way over the course of ninety minutes has often seen him spend the first half as a defensive midfielder, becoming an attacking midfielder after the interval.

The ex-Leeds man has now signed a five-year deal at Eastlands, after learning that his lack of mobility would not be a problem when sitting on the Manchester City bench or picking up weekly cheques for £100,000.

Villa fan Jo Adams said: "Del-Boy [Fabian Delph] normally takes a good while to change direction, much like a trawler, or a comet.

"Seeing him turn around so completely in just seven days is extraordinary. A movement like that would put intolerable strain on his spine, if he had one.

"£8 million might be cheap for an England international, but it's a lot for a human-sized table football figurine."

Fabian Delph

The Delph Turn may well be as iconic as the Cruyff Turn in years to come

The Delph Turn was amazing to watch in training. Like the Cruyff Turn, if Johan Cruyff was a three-wheeled articulated lorry in a swamp

- Unnamed Villa source

Delph's ex-teammate Ashley Westwood said: "The Delph Turn was amazing to watch in training. Like the Cruyff Turn, if Johan Cruyff was a three-wheeled articulated lorry in a swamp.

"I never got a chance to say goodbye. I walked past him five minutes ago, but it would take far too long for either of us to turn around now."

Commenting on the deal, Pellegrini said: "Fabian wants trophies, but he's less concerned about playing a part in winning them, which is exactly the sort of ambition we want.

"If I had to pick his best feature, however, it would have to be his invaluable range of passport."

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