It comes as no surprise that Chelsea’s Danny Drinkwater has started to attract the attention of other Premier League outfits. The 28-year-old has managed to star in only 22 games under Antonio Conte this season and is growing more and more frustrated as the season winds down to a close. West Ham United are the most likely suitors with David Moyes actively seeking out players to stabilise his midfield.
The Hammers have not been short of relegation concerns this season and needs to make summer additions if they plan on improving anytime soon. Their introduction to the new and improved London Stadium have been less than illustrious and has already caused outrage among the fans.
David Sullivan and the rest of the ownership have to work towards a way to appease the crowd while at the same time lift the club out of their current woes. A player like Drinkwater can go a long way in fulfilling those needs. Moyes has raised issues of squad imbalance earlier in the season and addresses it by selling Sakho and bringing in Joao Mario on loan from Inter Milan.
With Mario Lanzini recovering from injury, the Portuguese has taken over the creative role but is still uncertain of a permanent transfer.
Drinkwater is not short of Premier League experience having played over 200 games for Leicester City and being involved in 38 goals. He and N’Golo Kante had formed a formidable partnership at the heart of the Foxes 2015/16 title-winning season.
It was expected that the duo will replicate those feats at Stamford Bridge and help Chelsea defend their title in England’s top-flight.
However, the Englishman’s 35m arrival has been blighted by recurring injuries and sporadic selection behind the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko. The latter has looked utterly disappointing in his debut season with the Blues but Conte has still picked him ahead of Drinkwater on major occasions.
Once a Manchester United youngster, Drinkwater never quite managed to break into the more decorated segments of English football like his compatriots, Jack Wilshere, Michael Carrick or Jordan Henderson.
He had to prove his worth through the trenches of Championship football and in the top division at the King Power Stadium. Eventually, he did manage to get capped for the England national team on 3 occasions.
But ever since his switch to Chelsea his chances of travelling to Russia have been reduced drastically. Unless he switches sides and starts playing regular Premier League football it is unlikely that he will get called up ever again while still at the wrong West London club.
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