Chelsea Football Club has announced the signing of Leicester City midfielder, Danny Drinkwater for a fee reported to be in the region of £35 million. Drinkwater, 27, has signed a five year contract with the Premier League champions and reunites with former Leicester City stalwart, N’Golo Kante. By joining Chelsea, Drinkwater ends a five-year period with the Foxes.
Drinkwater was a former youth product of Manchester United but never made a single appearance for the Red Devils but the talent was clearly there. Following loan valuable experience at Huddersfield, Cardiff, Watford and Barnsley, Drinkwater finally departed Manchester United in January 2012 and signed for Leicester City for an undisclosed fee.
During his five-years at Leicester, Drinkwater made 217 appearances and was majorly successful throughout his time in Leicester. During Leicester’s promotion season from the Championship, Drinkwater scored seven goals and was rewarded with a place in the Championship team of the season.
Undoubtedly, Drinkwater’s best season in a Leicester shirt was the historic 2015-16 season where Leicester defied odds of 5,000/1 and won the Premier League. Drinkwater forged an unbreakable partnership with N’Golo Kante in a 4-4-2 formation. Drinkwater didn’t push forward – goals were infrequent but what made Drinkwater excel was his diligence in protecting the ageing Leicester back four. Drinkwater would break things up, making the game look incredibly simple. A Drinkwater goal was rare but they were often spectacular: most notably a 30-yard strike in a meaningless end-of-season affair at Stamford Bridge, helping Leicester to a 1-1 draw.
Chelsea first became linked with Danny Drinkwater on August 3rd, following the departure of Nemanja Matic and at first: the deal seemed bizarre. Upon reflection, Chelsea signing Drinkwater makes logical sense. Drinkwater isn’t the flashiest signing but is someone who Conte admires. Conte admires him because of the fact that his watertight partnership with N’Golo Kante can be replicated. Also, Drinkwater is happy being a squad player, knowing he will not play every week and is a player who Conte will be able to trust, someone who is diligent, and would be able to do a job for the team when requested.
Danny becomes the Club’s 6th summer signing and the second on deadline day after Davide Zappacosta. Welcome to the Club, Danny!