Everton’s once forgotten man becomes the backbone of the relegation battle

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Everton midfielder Fabian Delph (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images) /

Fabian Delph has played a key part in Everton’s recent form reversal

Fabian Delph missing games for Everton due to injuries had become a common sight. So much so, that after a point, his absence was hardly noticeable. Missing numerous games due to illness or injury has been the recurring theme of Delph’s story at Everton. This season, the Englishman has missed a total of 25 games.

Last season, the match miss counter ticked 29 times for Delph. A season prior to that, he was unavailable for 22 games, taking the total to 76 games missed due to injury since signing for Everton. He has made 40 appearances in three seasons, meaning he’s ended up missing more games than he has played in the royal blue jersey.

The forgotten man is nearing the end of his three year deal and is set to become a free agent in the summer. There have been no indications from Everton over a renewal for Delph. With the 32 year old finally being fit and available, Delph would be hoping to end his association with the Toffees on a healthy note, finishing on a high.

After recovering from the hamstring injury, Delph’s services have been available at Frank Lampard’s disposal. In four games under Lampard, the 32 year old has amassed 335 minutes of football and is emerging as a favourite in the holding midfield role over Allan.