It’s been two days since Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater (or his agents) used the press to voice his supposed complaints about the lack of minutes at Chelsea, but until now, the response has been mostly just a shrug of the shoulders or, in the market itself, crickets. Understandably, teams aren’t exactly jumping at a £35m-midfielder who played barely 500 minutes of Premier League football this season.
Luckily for him there are plenty of dumb teams with far too much money in the Premier League, so it’s perhaps no surprise that according to the Telegraph, it’s West Ham who are first in line after they “have been alerted” by Drinkwater’s situation at Chelsea. Perhaps they just confused the transfer alert klaxon with the relegation threat warning?
The Hammers, if they survive to fight another season in the top division — which they should, given their current six-point cushion with six games to go — have plenty of rebuilding, rethinking, restructuring to do this summer. Could Drinkwater be part of such plans? Possibly, though Chelsea would undoubtedly have to take a big loss. But with Chelsea themselves needing a few fresh ideas and non-declining non-28-year-old legs, maybe that wouldn’t be the worst thing. The club’s modern history is littered with one-year stays for aggressively mediocre midfielders (Sidwell, Jarosik, Smertin, etc.), so what’s another one?