With deadline day less than 48 hours away, it is looking like it could turn out to be a classic. There are several big deals still in the works, and one of those involves Leicester City fans’ favourite, Danny Drinkwater. News that the Premier League champion had handed in a transfer request broke on Wednesday morning and left Foxes fans with mixed emotions.
This comes after reported interest and multiple bids from the current champions, Chelsea, but Leicester are holding out for £40 million, an extortionate fee that doesn’t look out of place in today’s market. If he does leave, he will be missed at the King Power Stadium and here are three reasons why.
Above everything, Danny Drinkwater is a great footballer and has been brilliant since his arrival from Manchester United in 2012. He was fantastic alongside N’Golo Kante in the remarkable title triumph and would probably be classed as one of the Foxes’ best players. His range of passing is undoubtedly his biggest strength with inch-perfect cross-field balls similar to those of a certain Steven Gerrard. Drinkwater’s influence at Leicester is something that is hugely underrated, and while he may not have been at his best last term, the Leicester fans know exactly what is capable of.
Taking all his best attributes into account, the former Watford loanee is a complete midfielder with good strength as well as the ability to drive forward on the ball. He is also valuable when helping out defensively as he is an accomplished ball-winning midfielder. Drinkwater’s contributions to the Leicester side are endless and highlight more than anything else why he would be very hard to replace should he leave in the remaining hours of the transfer window.