To say that Danny Drinkwater’s time at Chelsea has not gone according to plan, would be the understatement of the decade. There’s little to justify the £35m that Chelsea spent in 2017 to acquire him, and just cutting our losses short is proving a rather difficult task, especially in the current economic climate. Another loan might be the best we can hope for.
And anywhere will do, really, perhaps even the Turkish Süper Lig, where struggling Kasimpasa are apparently close to getting him to agree a loan deal. As first reported yesterday by beIN Sports Turkey, then the Daily Mail as well, the 30-year-old is said to be flying to Istanbul soon to finalize the deal that would see him join the club for the second half of the season.
Kasımpaşa, İngiliz orta saha oyuncusu Danny Drinkwater'ı sezon sonuna kadar kiraladı. Drinkwater, sözleşme imzalamak için İstanbul'a gelecek. pic.twitter.com/0pfEpbnYBV— beIN SPORTS Türkiye (@beINSPORTS_TR) January 6, 2021
It should be noted that Nizaar Kinsella of Goal claims that there is no “imminent move” on the horizon for the midfielder.
Either way, it’s still not too late for Drinkwater to get back to playing at something better than U23/Reserves level, like he’s been doing at Chelsea this season. He’s kept fit, he’s motivated to stay out of trouble, and he once was good enough to win the Premier League. Surely, he can find some minutes somewhere yet!