Nathan Delfouneso is a current striker for club side Aston Villa, he stands in at 6ft 1 inches, and has the perfect build for a striker. Nathan Delfouneso is a local boy, brought up in the area of Tyseley (Birmingham) and has played for The Villains since his young teens. The local boy already proved he has something, at academy and reserve level, after only playing a couple of games he found himself being handed the number 14 shirt for the club at only 17.
The Villa player already has bags of experience with his debut coming in the fourth round of the UEFA Cup, and coming on as sub for the 1st team in few premier league games. He showed his true class with a left footed volley in the UEFA cup tie with MSK Zilina marking his debut goal for the club, and then going on to score again against Hamburg in only his second start. The young talent also plays for England U19’s, and is starting to break through into the U21’s where he is learning more and more, from fellow strikers.
Being 19 Delfouneso is at the perfect age to start coming a regular within the 1st team, and has boosted his chances with top class performances at the U19 European Championships scoring goals, showing brutality and confidence proving he is capable, in which Martin O’Neill can only spring upon.
The 19 year old is a very nippy striker who likes to run through defences on to searching balls, in which this is the style Villa currently play with Gabby Agbonlahor, however it seems Villa’s “Plan B” is to use big man John Carew to hold up the ball and get the wingers involved in play, this is another quality Delfouneso possesses as he is very capable of holding the ball up with his height and strength, and a troublemaker for defences when the ball is in the air. Having the experienced John Carew to learn from can only make him a better player in this position as well as fellow big man Emile Heskey who was taken to the World Cup purely on his ability to do this.
Delfouneso is still only very young, so don’t expect him to see him as a regular, but this year, with Villa keeping with the 4 strikers they have, and with the aging Heskey and Carew we could see him coming on, on a more regular basis when the Villains are looking to shake things up when looking for a goal, or seeing out a game with a hard working striker like Delfouneso he is the perfect man for the job.
Awards at the club have proved he is a fan favourite, and the Villa fans are looking forward too seeing the young teen produce his goods in the near future, with such prizes as Aston Villa Players Young Player of the Year: 2008–09, 2009–2010, and Aston Villa Supporters Young Player of the Year: 2008–09, 2009–2010.
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