Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Manchester United on Sunday represents a crucially significant encounter in their title defence. Not only are they hosting a big six rival at home amid a patch of poor form, but also they desperately need the win – even a draw would see them fall eleven points behind pace-setters Manchester City.
And it appears some changes to Antonio Conte’s usual starting XI are inevitable, especially in defensive areas as the Blues have conceded 13 times in their last seven games – most notably suffering a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Roma during the Champions League’s midweek action.
While certain members of the back three have struggled to impress, though, perhaps the real problems are in midfield. N’Golo Kante’s absence has hurt the west Londoners dearly, with Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko struggling to replicate the Frenchman’s defensive protection and both looking rather leggy.
Accordingly, we asked Chelsea fans earlier this week whether it’s time to bring summer signing Danny Drinkwater into the fold, either replacing Fabregas or Bakayoko or joining them to make a more solid midfield three.
And according to our poll, a whopping 91% of Chelsea fans want the three-cap Englishman to start against Manchester United on Sunday. That would constitute the midfielder’s first ever Premier League start for his new club after arriving from Leicester City during the summer.