Everton are, according to The Guardian, interested in the signature of Fabian Delph this summer. While many fans are screwing their noses up at the potential deal, remembering the signature of Gareth Barry in 2013 should give hope.
The parallels are remarkably similar.
Like Barry, Delph has fallen down the pecking order at Manchester City since joining from Aston Villa.
Like Barry, Delph is a combative but composed left-footed central midfielder. He can also operate at left-back, just like Barry.
Also, like Barry didn’t, Delph does not fit the automatic profile Everton are currently after. Marco Silva and sporting director Marcel Brands are after younger players. Roberto Martinez, who brought Barry to Goodison Park, was in the same boat.
But the Spaniard saw that Barry could offer much-needed experience in the heart of the team. Eventually, Everton managed to secure the England international, initially on loan.
Which brings us to another link between the two. Just like Barry was, Delph is entering the final year of his contract. Manchester City offloaded Barry to Everton just to alleviate his wages, with little chance of first-team football.
At the end of his successful loan spell, Everton snapped up Barry as a free agent.
If Everton could get a similar deal for Delph there is no reason why the parallels have to stop there. Delph could also go on to be an important leader in the Everton team. Considering he is three years younger than Barry was when he joined Everton, he might even hang around for longer.