It’s safe to say Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater has struggled since his £35 million move from Leicester City in 2017.
The 31-year-old has made just 19 appearances for the Premier League side since joining the ranks at Stamford Bridge for that big fee, and has spent the majority of his time on loan at Burnley, Aston Villa and Turkish club Kasimpasa.
His last first-team appearance (before this month’s pre-season schedule) for Chelsea came back in July 2019 when he came up against Reading. But despite a lack of minutes, manager Thomas Tuchel has decided to use the midfielder this month – and he has impressed.
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Drinkwater was given the chance to make his mark in a behind-closed-doors friendly against newly-promoted Championship side Peterborough last week alongside Ross Barkey, Marcos Alonso and Christian Pulisic; a fixture they won 6-1.
And days later, the former Leicester City man produced an impressive 45-minute cameo against Bournemouth.
In the below compilation, the experienced deep-lying playmaker can be seen dictating the tempo from central areas and spraying balls to the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi throughout. He genuinely stood out as Chelsea’s best player.
At times is all about focus and dedication but Danny Drinkwater has not forgotten how to play football.
Amazing performance last night. Felt like Jorginho at times. Those one touch triangle passes and diagonals were spot on all through. https://t.co/WgKZFX4OSo
— Vince™ (@Blue_Footy) July 28, 2021
Why Danny Drinkwater playing like prime Fabregas right now 😩😩 pic.twitter.com/hfTh0p2QdI
— Nyumah Stewart (@NyumahStewart) July 27, 2021
Tell you what, Danny Drinkwater is actually bloody good!
— Laurenz Vescoli ⭐️⭐️ (@Laus1507) July 27, 2021
If Danny Drinkwater works on his fitness, develops a good workrate and learns how to point fingers, he can give strong competition to Jorginho this season.
Man has a crazy passing range, vision and was breaking lines for fun tonight.#CFC
— Roy 🌟🌟 (@_Chelsea_Roy) July 27, 2021
Danny Drinkwater playing like prime Pirlo.. Lmaooo y’all ain’t ready for us this season😂😂💀
— Darwin Wis💙 (@havertzcoyb) July 27, 2021
Drinkwater x Kanté might still be on the cards. If this guy builds on this, I see no reason why we can’t be a pivotal player for us this season because that performance was immense
— Yung_Mason 🥇⭐⭐ (@Yung_Mason19) July 28, 2021
Do you think Thomas Tuchel should give Danny Drinkwater more chances to prove himself for Chelsea this season?
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