Danny Drinkwater spent a season on loan and this time at struggling Reading in League Championship. His time with Chelsea did feel like something few would like to go through, but still Drinkwater himself made it clear that despite not being a first team regular there were still loads of positives during his time at Stamford Bridge.
His deadline move from Leicester in 2017 became a bad affair not only for Danny Drinkwater but also Craig Shakespeare who was given blame regarding the situation resulting in Adrien Silva missing half a season after his move to Leicester became problematic.
Drinkwater was this summer released from Chelsea after spending most of his time with the club on loan, but also being part of a club winning FA Cup silverware and of course bringing home Champions League gold medals to Stamford Bridge.
During the time Drinkwater spent time on loan at Aston Villa, Burnley, Kasimpasa and Reading as his career probably went downwards with non footballing incidents shadowing his talent as a player.
At Leicester we really just admired him and he was special in the way he build up a great partnership with N’Golo Kantè and also finding Jamie Vardy in the pockets of the field. He was part of a team seen as perfect and the blend and dynamic was from somewhere over the rainbow.
He had a grand campaign in Champions League action for Leicester the year after and despite the sack of Claudio Ranieri again started to build a good relation with Wilfred Ndidi and still in the picture for a new call up for England but to date he has three full caps for his country. Making his debut vs. Netherlands in March 2016, later playng against Turkey and Australia.
To see him released from Chelsea after moving from Leicester five years ago for a fee of £35million makes it really frustrating to see how football is moving to a degree of insanity. This season Drinkwater contributed to Reading’s fight for survival and his presence made it possible to start next season in the same division.
His first years in football was with his hometown club Manchester United. He never played in the first team, but still added great experience being in and around players with huge winning mentality and picking up silverware year in and year out. During his four years as a full pro member he spent time on loan at Huddersfield, Cardiff, Watford and Barnsley, adding up first team appearances at a good level.
What is next for Danny Drinkwater, a return to Leicester? to replace Youri Tielemans, hardly. At the age of 32 he still have at least three years left at a decent level and maybe Bristol City and Nigel Pearson will come calling as he prepare Robins for a new challenge.
Drinkwater played 193 league games and scored 13 goals for Leicester in his five seasons at the club, while at Chelsea he added up 12 and scored 1. Out on loan he made a total of 48 league games and scored 2. A bit of a dip, but still hopefully something to work on as life continues somewhere else.