According to a recent report from The Daily Express, Leicester City are keen on luring midfielder Danny Drinkwater back to the club in the January window. The 28-year-old currently plays his football at fellow Premier League side Chelsea and has done so since leaving the Foxes back in the summer of 2017, but his first team struggles for the Blues last term attracted interest in his services during the close season.
And although the England international failed to secure a move away from Stamford Bridge before the close of the deadline on August 31, Claude Puel’s Leicester are already sizing up a move for the £120,000-a-week star (as per Spotrac) in January, yet they absolutely must end their reported interest in the midfielder as soon as possible.
Ultimately, things haven’t gone at all well for Drinkwater since swapping Leicester for Chelsea little over 12 months ago, with the 28-year-old mustering just 22 appearances for the West London giants last season, of which only 12 were starts.
And with just five of those starts coming in the Premier League, it was clear that the Englishman was some way down Antonio Conte’s pecking order, and while the arrival of Maurizio Sarri may have given Drinkwater some hope of salvaging his Chelsea career, he hasn’t been included in any of their four league matchday squads to suggest that his time at the club is already close to an end.
And while Leicester are one side reportedly keen on luring him back to the King Power Stadium in January, it’s a move they simply must opt against making.
Yes, one mustn’t forget the role Drinkwater played in helping the Foxes win the Premier League title back in 2016, but things have changed at the club since then, with it arguable that the 28-year-old would struggle to get into Puel’s first team.
Wilfred Ndidi has proven to be an excellent buy following his move from Genk back in 2017 while Nampalys Mendy has made a fine start to the season alongside the 21-year-old – add in Adrien Silva, Daniel Amartey, and Vicente Iborra, and the midfield department is well-stocked at the King Power Stadium.
Thus, Drinkwater’s arrival would do little more than bolster an area of the squad that is already pretty strong and thus in position to deal with the rigours of the Premier League – it’s a deal which would make little sense.
And with the 28-year-old himself likely on the lookout for first team football were he to leave Chelsea, it’s arguable that it’s not a move he’d be overly interested in either given that regular minutes is certainly not a guarantee.
As such, Leicester simply must end their reported January interest in Drinkwater, as he’s a player that wouldn’t hugely improve them for the second half of the season.
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