Why Chelsea did the right thing by offloading Danny Drinkwater
Danny Drinkwater’s career hasn’t gone to plan since his big-money move to Chelsea. The 29-year-old had lifted the Premier League with Leicester City in one of the greatest stories in football history, but he only managed five starts for the Blues in his debut season.
Drinkwater then didn’t feature in the Premier League or Europa League last season and was sent on loan to Burnley in an attempt to resurrect his career.
However, the Englishman was involved in a brawl outside a pub recently and is expected to be out for a few weeks (h/t Sky Sports).
The Englishman will sit down with Sean Dyche to discuss his future but the report claims that he will not be returned to Chelsea.
The Blues might not have been able to sign any players in the summer but sending Drinkwater away was the right decision.
Drinkwater has had his off-field issues
Sky Sports adds that Drinkwater once refused a call-up to play for England and even crashed his car after being found drunk behind the wheel.
The 29-year-old struggled to perform well under Maurizio Sarri and it was a bit of a surprise that Chelsea sent him out on loan rather than tried to sell him in the summer.
The Blues do not need negative influence
The Blues need to steer clear of such problems under their new manager, and for the most part, the talk has been about how youthful the new Chelsea is.
Drinkwater had formed a great partnership with N’Golo Kante at the Foxes, however, he was unable to replicate that at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues could have used his experience well, however, he is the second big-money midfielder to have failed at the club.
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Tiemoue Bakayoko is another player not to have performed well after joining from Monaco, and he was allowed to return to the Ligue 1 club this summer.
The Blues sent Drinkwater away in hopes of him finding form, however, things just aren’t working out for him.
It was a smart decision to send him away and they need to make this exit permanent.