Chelsea outcast Danny Drinkwater reflects on Chelsea career

Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater has had quite a disappointing career ever since he moved to Chelsea in 2017.

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The England international joined Chelsea in 2017 under Antonio Conte and his arrival was dubbed a perfect reunion with former Leicester teammate N’golo Kanté with whom Drinkwater formed a title winning midfield partnership at Leicester City in 2016.

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However, things haven’t gone as planned as the midfielders career has capitulated from grace to grass after joining Chelsea. When he initially joined the Blues, injuries meant he had to wait a while to make his debut for the team and when he returned to full fitness, he couldn’t hit the standards expected of him at the club.

Antonio Conte leaving Chelsea in the summer of 2018 was the beginning of the end for Drinkwater as the Italian coach was succeeded by another Italian Maurizio Sarri whose system Drinkwater couldn’t fit in.

2 different managers have arrived Chelsea ever since Sarri’s departure in 2019 and neither of the 2 managers have quite fancied Drinkwater which is no surprise given the Englishman’s lack of successes in his different loan spells out of the club.

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Drinkwater has failed to really impress in loan spells at Aston Villa, Burnley, and Kasimpasa with incessant injuries and off the field issues becoming a regular occurrence in the Englishman’s career.

Danny Drinkwater is already 31 and he’s on loan at championship side Reading where he’d be once again looking to revive his career. Speaking to talkSport on his Chelsea career, he expressed his disappointment but said he’s excited about taking up new challenges.

“Can I paint a picture? No. It’s been a shambles. It’s football, it’s never straightforward, it’s never simple. I’m just excited for the new challenges.”

via @AbsoluteChelsea

“I’m in the last year of my contract, so there’s more than just football riding on it. I’ve got other things.”

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I’m more excited about this [kick-starting my career] than I have been for a few years now, especially how my career’s panned out.”

“Games, getting the enjoyment of football back, then going from there. A few have slid away, I’ve made mistakes, I’ve not played.”

via @AbsoluteChelsea

Danny Drinkwater would be hoping for a new lease of life at Reading and if things pan out nicely for the former Leicester City man, he could get a permanent lucrative move away from Chelsea.

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