Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater has been loaned to Reading

Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater has been loaned to Reading

Chelsea flop Danny Drinkwater will be loaned to the Championship side of Reading until the end of the 2021/2022 season.

Drinkwater has been with Chelsea since signing with Leicester City in 2017. Over the past 5 seasons, the 31-year-old has played just 23 games for the blues, but was loaned out 3 times before starting Reading.

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Most of the midfielder’s career was at clubs where he could never find a starting role, so he was constantly loaned out. He started his career in the Manchester United youth team in 2006. He would stay with the Red Devils for the next 12 seasons, being loaned out to Huddersfield, Cardiff, Watford and Barnsley, but never made a senior appearance for United.

In the end it looked like Danny Drinkwater found a new home in Leicester City, buying him for £810,000 in 2012. Drinkwater played 106 games for Leicester in the EFL Championship before helping the team win the championship and gain promotion in 2014.

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Danny Drinkwater had his most successful year as a professional, scoring seven goals and being named the PFA Championship Team of the Year along with teammates Kasper Schmeichel and Wes Morgan, while Leicester promoted to the Premier League

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Danny Drinkwater went on to make 87 Premier League appearances for Leicester, playing consistently as the Foxes miraculously won the Premier League title in 2015-16, alongside his midfield partners N’Golo Kanté, Marc Albrighton and Riyad Mahrez.

Just a year after winning the title, Chelsea Drinkwater signed on 1NS September 2017 for £35 million on a 5 year contract. His first season at Chelsea saw him make 22 appearances in all competitions, including four in the Blues’ triumphant FA Cup campaign. However, due to an injury, Drinkwater was not involved in the final against his former club Manchester United. However, Drinkwater’s hopes of becoming a regular Chelsea customer were soon dashed.

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With the arrival of new manager Maurizio Sarri, Drinkwater did not play any league games at all in the 2018-19 season. His only appearance in all competitions was during the 2018 FA Community Shield against Manchester City in August 2018.

After a full season without playing, Danny Drinkwater sought a loan to relaunch his career. Drinkwater signed for Premier League club Burnley on August 8, 2019 on a rental basis until January 6, 2020.

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On August 31, 2019, he was allegedly attacked outside a nightclub, in which he was injured and out of action for two weeks. He didn’t make his league debut until December 3, in a 4-1 loss to Manchester City. Drinkwater was unable to rejoin the team after that game and on 3 January 2020 Burnley manager Sean Dyche confirmed Burnley would not renew his loan and that he would return to Chelsea

On January 7, 2020, Danny Drinkwater signed with Aston Villa until the end of the season. Aston Villa manager Dean Smith watched Drinkwater train with the team before confirming his lease. Smith stated that he was confident Drinkwater had put the issues that had affected his previous loan behind him and that he would be ready to cover the injured John McGinn.

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On March 11, Drinkwater was told to leave the Aston Villa training ground after an altercation with teammate Jota, in which Drinkwater allegedly headbutted the player.

A second failed loan put an end to hopes for a once promising Premier League career. On January 18, 2021, Drinkwater signed for Turkish club Kasımpaşa on loan until the end of the season, making only 11 appearances.

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With Danny Drinkwater’s contract expiring at the end of this season, he certainly hopes to play a key role at Reading and hopefully prove that he can still play at elite level.

Last updated on August 31, 2021 4:06 PM

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