Danny Drinkwater has said that he wants to return to his parent club, Chelsea as he has some ‘unfinished business’ there. He last played for The Blues in 2018, after which he has been on a series of loan spells.
Drinkwater was Manchester United’s youth academy product. As surprising as it is, he has been there for a decade before earning a contract in 2006. He was a regular in the U-18 team and showed some promise. The midfielder was then playing for the reserve team before earning a call-up at the end of the 2008-09 season. However, he was an unused substitute.
To earn some 1st-team experiences, he was sent out on loan to Huddersfield Town. After successfully completing his spell there, he was again sent out on loan to Cardiff City followed by Watford and Barnsley. He was not able to impress enough to earn a spot in the Manchester United squad.
In 2012, Leicester City, who used to play in the Championship then, purchased him for an undisclosed fee. He found his success with The Foxes as he was thriving with them. In his first year itself, he was nominated for various club as well as league awards.
He was an important member of the team that won the Championship in 2014 and eventually went on to win the Premier League the promoted season.
He had signed a contract till 2021, but Chelsea’s interest made his move to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea paid a sum of £35 million to Leicester when the move was made in 2017. Because of a thigh injury, his debut was delayed but he eventually made 22 appearances in his first year.
Danny Drinkwater hoping to get in the Chelsea squad
After having a successful year, it all came crashing after Maurizio Sarri was appointed as the manager. He was completely shunned by the coach and he played only 1 match that season. His old troubles caught up as he was again sent out on loan.
During his Burnley time, he was attacked outside a nightclub, after which his performances took a big dip. After his loan there, he joined Aston Villa. Having put behind his Burnley troubles, he created a new one. During a training session, he had a bust-up with a teammate whom he headbutted. His conduct cost him as he was not often selected from then.
Danny Drinkwater returned to Chelsea for the current season but was not appointed a squad number. Thiago Silva was given his number and the player admitted that his off-field behaviour has had an impact on what was happening. He is currently on loan with a Turkish side, Kasimpasa.
The 31-year-old has not been onto a great start there. He was involved in a swimming pool injury which was a very dangerous one. Danny has only played 7 matches so far with a full game yet to be played. But he remains optimistic about his future and believes that he can break into Thomas Tuchel’s side.
“It was a big price tag at the time but I felt it was exciting. It was a new change, I felt I could play and show my worth. I just think it was a lack of chances.
My time at Chelsea has been nothing but frustrating. It is a weird position that I am in. It is definitely different but I don’t think I am the first, nor will I be the last. This is part of football.” – Drinkwater on his Chelsea career.