A brave decision too by the Leeds United board not to accept Hughes' wish to wait an extra week has benefited all parties as it looks like Fabian Delph will get some playing time in the Premier League this season.
With Aston Villa's paper thin squad, Delph is a welcome addition to the plethora of young English talent at Villa Park. Gareth Barry's shoes may be hard ones to fill and I don't think we can all expect Villa to go on a Champions League charge this season but Delph could go a long way to aiding Martin O'Neill in his quest for playing in Europe's elite competition.
Currently, Villa's first team central midfield would consist of Stiliyan Petrov, Craig Gardner and Steven Sidwell. The addition of Delph (who I have been assured by an adamant lifelong Leeds fan can play all over the midfield) provides a bit of extra depth in a position that Villa are lacking.
He slots into O'Neill's philisophy of bringing on young English talent which is proven by the likes of James Milner, Ashley Young and Gabby Agbonlahor.
The only way is up for Delph but whether he can live up to a potential £8 million transfer fee remains to be seen...