This article is part of Football FanCast’s Loan Watch series, which takes a closer look at those players who are aiming to galvanise their careers away from the spotlight of their parent club.
Danny Drinkwater has met with Sean Dyche to discuss his future following an incident in Manchester last week according to Sky Sports.
The former Leicester City man joined Burnley from Chelsea on loan during the transfer window as he looks to resurrect his career in the north-west.
However, he has hit the headlines for his off-the-field antics rather than his performances on it. The Sun has reported that the 29-year-old was beaten up after trying to chat up Scunthorpe United player Kgosi Ntlhe’s girlfriend.
As such, the England international met with Sean Dyche to discuss his future.
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There is no excuse for the state Drinkwater was left in during his night out, and one can only hope that there will be no lasting effects of the surface bruises he suffered.
However, it is worth questioning what exactly he was doing out until the early hours of the morning considering the current situation he finds himself in. Since signing for the Clarets, he has made just one appearance, in the Carabao Cup. This comes after a year in which he played in just one game for the Blues.
He has been offered a lifeline by moving to another Premier League club, but he doesn’t appear to be taking it. As we often forget, footballers are humans just like everyone else and deserve to enjoy their free time, but Drinkwater is clearly lacking fitness. That should be at the top of his priorities, not late, drunken nights.
Whilst he was never likely to play a big part for the Blues this term, this news will have not have gone down well with Frank Lampard, and it won’t with Dyche, either. In a team that relies on desire and 100% commitment, there is no place for players who are not willing to give everything to the cause.
Maybe this is the wake-up call that Drinkwater needs, and it may refocus his attention on his much-needed fitness. If it doesn’t, then he shouldn’t expect to play a role for Burnley this term.