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28-Year-Old Experienced Premier League Winner Could Do A Job At Newcastle

News today in the Mail that Chelsea will allow Danny Drinkwater to leave the club this summer after only one season at the Stamford Bridge club.

Drinkwater couldn’t make the breakthrough in the first team and started only five Premier League games at Chelsea.

But he is an experienced Premier League player with three England caps and was part of the Leicester City side who won the Premier League in the 2015-2016 season when he played 37 times for the Foxes.

Chelsea paid a whopping £35M for him last summer but would be willing to take a loss on that to move him to another club this summer.

28-year-old Danny Drinkwater – available from Chelsea

He is also available for loan and if Rafa Benitez rates the 28-year-old, he could bring him in on loan as a much cheaper alternative.

One complication with that could be that Rafa is interested in two other younger Chelsea players, winger Robert Kenedy and striker Tammy Abraham, and they would be the priority loan signing from Chelsea.

Clubs are only allowed to have one loan player from another Premier League club.

Drinkwater would add some experience to the side that Rafa had craved last season.

This all depends on whether Rafa sees Drinkwater as a player who could strengthen the Newcastle first team and we don’t know the answer to that.

Our two most experienced Premier League players – Shelvey and Diame – are currently playing well in central midfield for the side, and they have both been outstanding this year.

But it is a way to get good experience into the squad for a loan fee for Drinkwater plus paying his wages, which are likely to be high.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 8, 2018 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #1

    I’d have Drinkwater in a heartbeat – League winner, leader, hard nut. We’ve had a few outstanding defensive mids over the years – Cheick, Barton, Batty but none for a while till Diame showed up 2nd half of last season. Drinkwater can play, too – used to regularly play in Vardy for Leicester. Could be brilliant competition for both Shelvey and Diame.

    Not sure we could afford his wages, however – bet he earns a stack at Chelsea.

  • crawfordm

    Jun 8, 2018 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #2

    agree RobLeenio – wonderful player left to rot at Chelsea ?? An improvement on Diame but needs dictate big money on a forward and I only see 1 marquee buy this summer !

  • hibbit

    Jun 8, 2018 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #3

    on top of all that Beardsley is a really poor coach total unable to get his message across
    great player pisspoor coach

  • lochinvar

    Jun 8, 2018 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #4

    BT now in meltdown.
    Paid over the odds it seems for TV football rights – oops and CEO Patterson looses out on his £2018 share entitlement worth £3.5million. Clearly he’s been in the wrong job. should have been a football agent.

    Neil Wilson, chief market analyst for Markets.com, said: “The expensive move into football rights by BT was a mistake and evidence that management lacked focus under Patterson.
    “The recent bagging of more games was even more expensive than previous deals. Fundamentally the TV foray seems to have failed as the number of new subscribers each quarter has collapsed and, critically for the strategy, it’s not produced the broadband customers that it was supposed to.”

  • lochinvar

    Jun 8, 2018 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #5

    Succinct point compared to my earlier ramblings.
    Communication is the key but even BT who are in that business have got that spectacularly wrong.

  • Lascelles sells sea shells by the sea shore

    Jun 8, 2018 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #6

    Lascelles and stones should have been England’s starting centre backs in the world cup, I really hope we don’t sell him, stones is a pacy adventurous footballing centre half and lascelles is a disciplined no nonsense tank, they would have been a formidable back 2 for breaking and starting plays together. Stones and Lejeune are similar ball playing classy defenders but whereas Stones has more pace Lejeune has more composure.

    What Lascelles brings in this fancy Dan day of footballers is sheer passion, drive, determination, never say die attitude and understands the game at such a tender age for a centre half, this can’t be replaced easily, it’s the most important cog in the ‘wheel’. We can’t afford to lose him at this moment until more players start standing up and showing more leadership qualities en masses imo. I’d like to see some experience brought in this summer to help Lascelles so he’s not the lone Churchillian style leader at the club!

    I’ve gotta say, I’ve always loved this kid, I remember he was brought into the senior England set up years ago such were the high expectations of him, but in earnest it’s taken a stellar manager like Rafa to coax it out of him, I dread to think where his career was headed under McLaren.


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