Danny Drinkwater Joins Clarets On Loan Until January
Burnley Football Club have this afternoon completed the transfer deadline day signing of Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater to add another Premier League winner to the squad. Drinkwater, was a key player in Leicester City’s epic 2016 title triumph joins the Clarets on loan until the 6th January 2020.
The central midfield player who has also been capped three times by England, returns to the North West after starting his career at Manchester United. Drinkwater didn’t make a senior appearance for United but gained first-team experience out on loan at Huddersfield Town, Cardiff City, Watford and Barnsley. Whilst at Watford he played Clarets boss Sean Dyche who was assistant manager at Vicarage Road.
Drinkwater, then left Old Trafford in a permanent move to Leicester City in January, where his career took off with the Foxes. He was a near permanent fixture in the starting line-up and helped the club regain their place in the top-flight for the first time in 10 years in 2014 when going up alongside Burnley as Championship winners.
Drinkwater helped Leicester survive in the Premier League under Nigel Pearson in 2014/15 thanks to a remarkable late run of results. Then following the appointment of Claudio Ranieri the Manchester-born midfield man played a leading role in one of the greatest title wins of all time.
Drinkwater started 35 Premier League games as Leicester City defied the odds to become English Champions for the first time in their history. He made three England appearances ahead of the European Championship Finals before missing out on a place in the final squad for France.
After helping Leicester City recover to finish 14th in the Premier League in 2016/17 season, Drinkwater was signed by Champions Chelsea in the summer transfer window, leaving the King Power Stadium after playing 214 times for the Foxes.
In his first season at Stamford Bridge, Drinkwater made 22 appearances helping the Blues towards their FA Cup-winning success and featuring in the Champions League against Barcelona. He appeared as a substitute in the 2018 Community Shield at Wembley before falling out of first-team contention under the new manager Maurizio Sarri.
His arrival at Turf Moor, see’s him wear the number eight shirt and it will strengthen the Clarets midfield options ahead of a fourth successive season in the Premier League.