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Fabian Delph is keen to impress new Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish after he completed a full game for the club in the 0-0 draw with Fulham.

Delph, 20, has made just nine Premier League starts since joining Villa for £6 million in August 2009 after struggling with injuries and form. But now the youngster is hoping to finally fulfil his huge potential.

"It is very good for me personally, because I haven't been in favour much in my Villa career so far," he said. "I am chuffed with starting the first game and hopefully I can do well for this gaffer.

"It was my first 90 minutes in a long time and hopefully, with the new manager, the people around him and the players around me, I can improve. There is a lot to work to do for myself personally. I pinged a few good passes at Fulham, but I also shanked a few as well."

McLeish has already Delph to make a big impact in the Premier League this season.

McLeish said: "He wasn't happy we didn't take him to Portugal (for a pre-season friendly against Braga) but it was for his benefit and he gave a great performance (on Saturday). I told him 'the doctor thinks it's best you stay here to recuperate'.

"He is very elegant on the ball. He's got athleticism. If we can keep the injuries at bay and protect him then he'll be a great asset for this club.

"If you consider the team that finished last season, there's four players not playing from that. We had one new face in the team and it's a chance for him (Delph) to make the breakthrough."


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