Fabian Delph: 'Christian Benteke should have won young player award'

Villa's Christian Benteke celebrates his hat-trick goal against Sunderland on April 29, 2013
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Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph admits he was shocked that teammates Christian Benteke didn't win the PFA Young Player of the Year Award.

Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph has admitted he was shocked that teammate Christian Benteke didn't win the PFA Young Player of the Year Award.

The Belgium international scored a hat-trick in Paul Lambert's side's 6-1 win over Sunderland on Monday, which eased their relegation worries.

Delph told reporters: "The number of goals he has scored doesn't surprise me. We have three games to go and I could put a bet on him to score at least another three or four.

"He has dragged us through so many games. I was quite surprised he didn't get young player of the season."

Villa are 16th in the Premier League, five points clear of the drop zone.

Aston Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor celebrates scoring for his side during their Premier League clash against QPR March 16, 2013
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