By Jack Cunningham

1st Sep, 2021 | 12:37pm

Everton man Fabian Delph set to be used by Rafael Benitez this season

Fabian Delph had been told he was free to leave Goodison Park, but Everton couldn’t get rid of him and now he could have a first-team role.

The Liverpool Echo claim that the central midfielder is on a six-figure salary per week and that it would always be “difficult” to shift him, considering he has less than a year left on his contract.

They also claim that Delph wanted to stay, earned Rafael Benitez’s respect, and is set for a chance in the first team this season.

Delph to take his chance?

Given that the club were more than happy to get rid of Delph, it is now up to the player to ensure that he doesn’t just sit around for a year waiting for a free transfer [Liverpool Echo].

The 31-year-old is not getting any younger and will face tough competition from the likes of Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure, but it is good to hear that he has impressed his manager and appears to have earned a chance to save his career.

Since moving to Goodison, the former Aston Villa midfielder has made just 31 appearances for the club, and if the Toffees had managed to get him off the wage bill, that would have been good.

However, he didn’t move, and the Toffees might as well use him while he is still on Merseyside.

It will be interesting to see how much game time Delph manages, but he clearly has the right attitude, which is good to see.

In other Everton news, one player could still be set for a departure despite the transfer window closing.

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