Danny Drinkwater is a forgotten player that is still on the books at Chelsea, as his only first-team appearance in the whole of last season came in the Community Shield in August.

The Blues paid £35million (BBC) to sign him for Leicester City two years ago and it looked a sizeable fee back then.

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He was a crucial part of the memorable Premier League title-winning season for Leicester, but he’s played just 23 senior games since his switch to Stamford Bridge and fallen out of the England squad too.

The central midfielder has a decent range of passing and has proven himself in the top-flight, but it’s looked a step too far since his move.

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He didn’t get a look-in during Maurizio Sarri’s reign last year and it’s surely implausible that he will come back into contention.

But there may just be a glimmer of hope for him to grab.

Frank Lampard’s arrival as the new Chelsea head coach has injected a buzz around the club and it looks like players have a clean slate to try impress.

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Drinkwater, 29, is currently part of the group for pre-season and it will be intriguing to see if he’s involved for the first game of the trip.

The Blues face Bohemians on Wednesday night in their first pre-season friendly and they play St Patrick’s just three days later on Saturday afternoon.

It will be a great opportunity for Lampard to get a first look at his squad, so will Drinkwater be involved and manage to catch the eye?

Ultimately he should fall behind the likes of Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic in the pecking order, but Lampard will at least give him a fair trial.

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