Del Boy aims to fire again

Nathan Delfouneso in action during an U21 England International at Deepdale.
Nathan Delfouneso in action during an U21 England International at Deepdale.
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NEW boy Nathan Delfouneso admits his career has stalled in recent season, and hopes Blackpool can get him back among the goals.

The 21-year-old was tipped to be the next big thing when he first broke into Aston Villa’s first team in 2008.

But, despite making more than 40 appearances for the Premier League club, he only featured once last season, and has been surplus to requirements this summer.

And he hopes to finally get going again this season.

Delfouneso said: “I’m delighted with the opportunity to come and play at Blackpool.

“The aim is to come and play some games and progress my career. I feel like my career has stalled a little bit, so I’m very thankful that the gaffer here has shown faith in me and given me this chance.”

He made his debut during the second half of last week’s 1-0 defeat at Leicester.

And, despite only meeting his team-mates on the morning of the game, he saw enough to know he’s in good hands.

He said: “Blackpool’s style will suit me, they play how I like to play and, hopefully, I can fit in perfectly.

“I know I’ll have to work hard to get into this team after their good start, but hopefully I can have a successful season.

“There could be a number of reasons why my career hasn’t quite worked out like I’d hoped.

“I’m at the age now where I need to be playing consistently to go, and show that I am the player that everyone thought I was.

“I’m very grateful that I’ve been given the chance at Blackpool.”

Delfouneso, (pictured right) is yet to train with the Seasiders after his call-up to England’s Under-21s.

He has been away with Tom Ince for their European Championship qualifiers, and won’t be back at Blackpool’s Squires Gate training ground until Wednesday.

“It’s not ideal I went to the England Under-21s on Sunday to be honest,” he admitted.

“I could have done with a few sessions with my new team-mates, but I’ll be right back into it as soon as I get back next week.

“It felt good to get on the pitch on Saturday. It will take time to get used to the boys and that, but it was nice to get some minutes on the pitch.”

Despite being a striker, Delfouneso only has 10 senior goals to his name, which is something he’s desperate to improve on.

He said: “I’m here to score goals. I want to get goals, help the team and go and win games.

“Hopefully, it turns out successful for myself, for my career, and we can get promotion with the team.

“It hasn’t been the expectation that’s held me back, I couldn’t even tell you the reasons myself to be honest.

“What’s happened has happened, I got off to a good start in my career, and, hopefully, I can resurrect that here and kick on.”

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