According to a recent report from The Independent, Leicester City are interested in bringing Danny Drinkwater back to the King Power Stadium. The 28-year-old only made the move to Chelsea from the Midlands outfit 12 months ago but has simply been unable to command regular football at Stamford Bridge, thus throwing up the possibility of a move away before this evening’s 5pm transfer deadline.
Ultimately, Puel’s men deserve great credit from moving away from the Premier League’s relegation zone to eventually finish ninth in the division last term, although their poor form in 2018 suggests that there is still huge room for improvement this time round.
And Puel has gone about trying to improve the fortunes of his side by seeking to bolster areas of his squad seemingly in need of strengthening, with James Maddison set to give him a genuine option as a number ten, while Ricardo Pereira will offer genuine competition to right back Danny Simpson.
Add in the arrival of Danny Ward as cover for Kasper Schmeichel, and Rachid Ghezzal to try and begin filling the void left by Riyad Mahrez, and Leicester have embarked upon a fine summer thus far – Drinkwater’s arrival would round it off brilliantly.
The 28-year-old may have struggled to nail down a regular starting place under Antonio Conte at Chelsea last season, but one mustn’t forget that the midfielder was excellent for Leicester during his five-year spell at the King Power Stadium.
The England international played a key part in their Championship promotion-winning campaign of 2013/14 before helping them stave off relegation in incredible circumstances the season after – not to mention the huge role he played in their Premier League title-winning success of 2015/16.
Thus, it’s clear the Drinkwater has played some of the best football of his career at the Midlands outfit, and it was there where he ultimately earned his three England caps and indeed a move to Chelsea – he may need a return to familiar surroundings to reignite his career.
And having Drinkwater back at the King Power Stadium would give Puel another excellent option in the middle of the park ahead of the 2018/19 Premier League season, which for the Foxes gets underway at Old Trafford on Friday night.
Thus, Puel would certainly round off an excellent summer of business were he to seal a deal for the 28-year-old before this evening’s deadline.
Leicester fans… what do you think? Let us know!