When Chelsea joined English midfielder Danny Drinkwater from Leicester City for £35m on the last day in the 2017 summer transfer window, it would have been possible several topics regarding the central midfielder would have been asked.
Maybe, he was brought to Stamford Bridge to provide cover following the withdrawal of Nemanja Matic to Manchester United a day earlier? Perhaps, he was signed to play alongside former Foxes team-mate French N’Golo Kante and help bring that company from the King Power Stadium to SW6?
Well, neither seemed to come to fruition for Chelsea or indeed, Drinkwater himself. The three-time England international became somewhat ignored, and even unwanted, the man in the Blues over the last two years.
His first season just paid dividends as he featured only 22 times across all competitions for Antonio Conte, while the January arrival of Ross Barkley from Everton did not improve his chances either for more regular first-team action.
Once Maurizio Sarri took over the wheel in SW6, English midfielder was handed just the one solitary play in the new manager’s first competitive match as the boss and then decided to leave him out ultimately – stating that the player was not in his projects moving forward.
Moving forward a further one year and the managerial wheel was spinning once again at Stamford Bridge, which brought Frank Lampard into the fold. However, that did not seem to bring the once £35m man anywhere near to the first-team.
Instead, the ex-Leicester City man was suggested his chance to restart his career while on loan at Burnley, although an off-the-field matter and following injury meant his time at Turf Moor has yet to get started, as he has made just the one show so far.
The Sun detailed in an article just how ‘sad’ the denied the 29-year-old had taken during his time at Chelsea was, and things do not look to be getting any better.
The blues wasted £35m on a player that rarely ever featured and, perhaps, was never really going to feature considering they had the likes of Tiemoue Bakayoko, Kante and Cesc Fabregas all competing for a spot in Conte’s side before Barkley’s arrival the following January.