Fabian Delph has a lot to consider this summer. He has had a disappointing period Everton and has a year left on his contract, so his long-term future is in the air.
The 31-year-old stays on Goodison Park has been marred by inconsistency and injury, which has resulted in him missing most games each season.
But as Rafael Benitez replaces Carlo Ancelotti as manager, Delph could possibly get a clean slate in 2021/22.
Everton signed the box-to-box midfielder from Manchester City in 2019, and he has made 30 appearances in all competitions, with only 24 of 76 possible Premier League games for the toffs.
Delph played more in his debut campaign at Everton, but has spent most of his second season on the sidelines with various injuries – calf, hoarding, tendon.
He started only two Premier League matches in 2020/21 and was behind Allan, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Andre Gomes, Tom Davies and Gylfi Sigurdsson in the pick order.
Benitez is sure to look at Delph in the pre-season and should allow him to prove his worth, but it remains to be seen how much he will play in the final year of his contract.
He probably does not want his £ 4.1 million a year extended based on how the first two years of his Everton stay have gone, so this may be the beginning of the end unless he can stay in shape and find his form again.
Time will tell.
Statistics from Transfermarkt.
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