Why Leicester don’t need Danny Drinkwater

Danny Drinkwater of Chelsea on the bench vs Leicester City (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Danny Drinkwater of Chelsea on the bench vs Leicester City (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images) /

One of the latest Premier League rumours surrounds Danny Drinkwater. His Chelsea adventure is probably coming to a disappointing end. Should Leicester City bring him back?

Danny Drinkwater is a club legend. A Leicester City champion. Leaving under slightly bizarre circumstances left some supporters mildly bitter. The ensuing Adrien Silva 14-second deadline disaster that same night – did not help give Drinkwater a smooth exit.

At Chelsea, the creative central midfielder could not break into the first team and appeared only 18 times in all competitions over the year. His quality is undeniable, yet was he good enough to be there? Only as a backup – which is what he was. A midfield link-up with N’golo Kante never materialised either.

Now with talk around him moving, the Daily Mirror name West Ham as a suitor. Could the Hammers be better suited to him? They are developing an excellent squad; the English international can get game time in search of European qualification. Despite snubbing the national setup with claims of injury – he may return while reclaiming form. Although, he is also surplus to requirements at Leicester City.

Regardless of links to the King Power and Drinkwater’s familiarity with most of the squad; there is similar talent and creativity existing at the club in his position. Adrien Silva must have a run in the team in a very similar capacity to the Chelsea man. After the debacle getting the Portuguese here, the club owes it to him and fans to see how good he really is!

A very pragmatic and diplomatic opinion below by Dwayne. However, Leicester City do not need another central midfielder. Silva and the impressive younger player: Wilfred Ndidi. Classy Vicente Iborra; who can play the long through ball and turn players in midfield with either foot – similarly to Drinkwater. If Nampalys Mendy is fit he looks a decent understudy to Ndidi.

In reserve there is Hamza Choudhury, Matty James, Andy King and Daniel Amartey. James Maddison plays more forward, but provides the assists and key passes Leicester City gain from a Drinkwater. And in a much quicker, modern and more exciting way.

I say: good luck to the Foxes former premiership winner. Although, let that positive fortune be at another club and please give us three points when we meet. Alternatively, if the Blue Army release James, lose two formerly mentioned midfielders to injury, loan Hamza and Silva cannot cut the mustard – we would need Drinky back!

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Leicester City manager Claude Puel spoke to BBC Sport about the abundance of fringe players at the King Power:

"“We have had some discussions with John [Rudkin] and the owners and the players. We will see what will happen before the end of the transfer window.”"