Fabian Delph started his youth career at Bradford City before leaving them in 2001 at the age of eleven to join Leeds United. At the age of 16 he signed a two year scholarship with Leeds as he started to progress through the ranks. In spring 2007, Delph became the captain of Leeds United reserves after a number of impressive performances. His full team debut arrived as a substitute in the final match of the 2006/07 season against Derby County.
Two further substitute appearances arrived in the 2007/08 season whilst Delph signed his first professional contract in January 2008. The 2008/09 season saw the young midfielder break through into the first team with several pre season appearances and a start in the 5-2 League Cup victory over Chester City. Delph signed a further four year deal in September 2008 and he celebrated the contract signing with his first senior goal just days later against Crewe Alexandra in the clubs 5-2 victory.
Delph's form during the season attracted attention from Premiership clubs and his transfer was inevitable after Leeds failed to gain promotion to the Championship. At the end of the campaign, Delph was awarded the Young Player of the Year award along with the Goal of the Season award and a nomination for Player of the Year. | In August 2009, Delph moved to Aston Villa for an undisclosed fee. His first appearance arrived in pre season against Fiorentina which saw the Villa supporters give him a great reception. His full Premier League debut came in Aston Villa's 2-0 home defeat to Wigan in the first match of the season.
Delph's international career is still in progression at the moment. He was first capped at U19 level in March 2008 and made two appearances overall for the U19es. Towards the end of his Leeds United career, the young midfielders impressive displays prompted Stuart Pearce to hand him his first call up to the England U21 squad in November 2008. Delph was a late substitute in the victory over the Czech Republic and has made one further appearance for the U21es to date.