Could Drinkwater's and Cahill’s decision to stay at Chelsea harm their footballing futures?
Gary Cahill and Danny Drinkwater have both made the brave decision to stay at Chelsea and fight for their places.
The alternative would be – with only two days remaining in the transfer window – to find a move to another club to secure more playing time.
Because new boss Maurizio Sarri clearly doesn’t fancy either of them.
Ex-skipper Cahill – despite being a stalwart for the past six seasons at Chelsea – is fourth/fifth in Sarri’s pecking order.
And at 32 years old, it’s not like he’s getting any better.
Drinkwater on the other hand has never really settled at Chelsea.
Signed from Leicester for £35m in 2017, the dream was to have a midfield comprised of the reunited Drinkwater and N’Golo Kante – the midfield pairing that helped Leicester win the title in 2016.
But Drinkwater found his playing time limited under Antiono Conte and that hasn’t changed under Sarri.
The Englishman is possibly seventh choice for a midfield spot, so playing time in the league looks unlikely.
He is also in the middle of his footballing prime – at 28 years old – so regular football should be a priority.
Both Cahill and Drinkwater have been linked with moves away this summer.
Cahill to Turkey or other Premier League teams whilst Drinkwater has also had interest from the Premier League.
But both have turned down these moves to try and change Sarri’s mind about not playing them
But at their ages, playing football regularly should be their priority, even if that means taking a pay cut.
And yes, they almost definitely wouldn’t get paid as much or win as much as they do at Chelsea.
But surely – as professional footballers – they should be itching to get onto the pitch, no matter the level?