After leaving for Burnley on a short-term deal, Danny Drinkwater will place his Chelsea nightmare behind him.
The transfer was announced on late deadline day, and even if the 29 year-old is unlikely to play against Southampton in Saturday’s opening of the Premier League season, Burnley boss Dyche belives Drinkwater can prove a valuable asset to the Clarets.
“It was a bit of a complicated time at Chelsea, but I see this as a positive move and I’m looking forward to it,” Drinkwater told the official Burnley website.
“I’ve been lucky enough to work with Dyche in the past and he has given me another chance right now. I haven’t played much football, but hopefully I can prove him right.
“Unfortunately it’s not happened for me at Chelsea, but hopefully, I can put my game onto Burnley.”
In Leicester‘s Premier League title-winning season three years ago, Drinkwater played a prominent position alongside N’Golo Kante, as they eventually both earned themselves a Stamford Bridge switch.
He has failed to create an effect at Chelsea, though, having began in the league for the Blues just five times. The English midfielder has not made an appearance last season. His only game during that season was in the Community Shield against Manchester City in 2018.
Injuries also played a part in Drinkwater’s inactivity, as he is hoping to rediscover his love for the game at Turf Moor where he will spend the remaining six months.
The 3 times capped England international will compete with Ashley Westwood, Jeff Hendrick and Jack Cork for a single spot in the Burnley midfield, as Steven Defour is still being sidelined due to injury.
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