Danny Drinkwater’s dream move to Chelsea has turned quite sour having failed to tie down a regular spot in former manager Antonio Conte’s starting XI while under new boss Maurizio Sarri, the 28-year-old cannot even find a place on the bench.
With Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante, Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Cesc Fabregas — who is currently out injured — all at the club, Drinkwater has become Sarri’s seventh choice midfielder.
As a result, £18m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Drinkwater is likely to be on the move once the transfer window reopens in January, and one club the England international could join is Southampton.
According to the Daily Express, as well as former club Leicester City, Southampton are also interested in signing Drinkwater.
The Saints, though, are already strong in midfield with manager Mark Hughes having the likes of Mario Lemina, Oriol Romeu and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to call upon.
With that in mind, the arrival of Drinkwater would surely mean less opportunities to play in the middle of the park for some of Southampton’s other midfielders including James Ward-Prowse and Steven Davis.
However, the potential consequences for Ward-Prowse and Davis did not stop a whopping 87% of Southampton supporters from saying yes when asked by Transfer Tavern if they would welcome the addition of Drinkwater.
Ward-Prowse, Davis and the rest of Southampton’s midfield men, on the other hand, seem to be enough for the 17% of fans who were against the idea of Drinkwater joining their club.
Quite frankly, Drinkwater has really struggled at Stamford Bridge since arriving from Leicester last summer, but the 2015/16 Premier League winner is still a very decent player.
That being said, central midfield is not a position at Southampton that is in dire need of reinforcements and the club are better off looking to strengthen elsewhere.