Fabian Delph is in danger of being yet another player to waste the best years of his career at a club where he is never going to get a chance.
Like so many promising English players before him who have moved to clubs such as Chelsea and Manchester City, the midfielder has watched almost every game from the sidelines, despite Man City not having the best of seasons (relatively speaking) under Pep Guardiola.
After signing from Aston Villa for around £10m in July 2015, Fabian Delph got just eight Premier League starts in his first season at the Etihad.
However, that looks almost busy compared to just two PL starting elevens this past season under Guardiola and only 219 minutes in total throughout the 2016/17 Premier League season.
The midfielder turns 28 in November and missed out on going to France last summer for the Euros, the lack of football obviously a key factor.
With his last game for England being as far back as November 2015, for Fabian Delph to have any chance of getting the attention of Gareth Southgate, he needs to be playing regularly in the Premier League.
So for both club and country careers, the Man City midfielder needs a new club this summer, and an exclusive on Sunday morning claims that Rafa Benitez has made a move to bring the player to St James Park.
The Star says that Newcastle have registered their interest in the player and it will be interesting to see if there is any substance to this one, in January the Chronicle stated as fact that Newcastle had made a loan offer for the second half of the Championship season to Delph – but the move ended up not happening as Mike Ashley prevented Rafa Benitez from strengthening the squad for the final promotion push.
Both Burnley and Stoke have already made clear their interest, with Sean Dyche looking to replace Joey Barton who has seen his career effectively ended with the gambling ban, whilst Tony Pulis needs to replace Darren Fletcher who is reported to be joining Stoke this summer.
Fabian Delph has also been hampered by injury problems whilst at the Etihad, with groin, hamstring and achilles injuries helping to ensure his time on the pitch was minimal.
However, with Pep Guardiola having a massive clearout that even includes many players who featured regularly last season, it looks guaranteed that they will happily move on Delph at a realistic price.