Paul Merson believes that Danny Drinkwater should leave Chelsea to “reignite his career”.
The Blues splashed £35million on the midfielder back in 2017, as he left Leicester City a year after playing a key role in their Premier League title-winning season.
However, it’s not worked out for him at Stamford Bridge.
The Englishman only has 23 senior Chelsea appearances in four years and the most recent one was in 2018.
Drinkwater, like several on the books at Chelsea, has fallen into the trap of being loaned out each year without getting a look-in with the senior group.
The 31-year-old surprisingly impressed recently in a pre-season game under manager Thomas Tuchel, but it would be a shock turnaround if he can get into his squad for the upcoming campaign.
Pundit Merson says that perhaps Drinkwater may still have something to give elsewhere if he leaves Chelsea.
“I’m hearing Danny Drinkwater really caught the eye in Chelsea’s friendly with Bournemouth the other night,” Merson wrote for the Daily Star.
“I’m really pleased for him because, without being horrible, I’d completely forgotten about him and that’s a shame because he is a really good player.
“I’m not sure Danny can turn things around at Chelsea but he might just be able to get himself a move and reignite his career.”
The Chronicle View
It’s understandable why Chelsea decided to take a £35million punt on Drinkwater at the time because he’s a ball-playing midfielder that was pivotal at Leicester.
N’Golo Kante and Riyad Mahrez are shining examples of players becoming superstars after leaving the King Power Stadium.
However, Drinkwater has been one of Chelsea’s biggest ever flops.
It would make sense for the Blues to sell him if they can find a suitor this summer. If not, a loan during the final year of his contract would be the best option.
It’s clearly not worked out for him in London, but his name is in the history books for what he achieved at Leicester.
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