In Focus: Drinkwater would work hard but could find the step up to Chelsea tough

As reported by The Daily Mirror, Chelsea could be on the verge of making a surprise signing this summer with Danny Drinkwater ready to force through a move from Leicester City.

What’s the story?

With the Blues showing ambition in the transfer market this summer with moves for the likes of Alvaro Morata and Tiemoue Bakayoko, onlookers may be surprised with the latest target linked with a big move to Stamford Bridge.

The Mirror report that Antonio Conte is keen on bringing Danny Drinkwater to London, impressed by his work-rate and game intelligence, to bolster his midfield next season.

What’s more, Drinkwater is said to be on the verge of forcing the issue and is ready to tell the Foxes that he wants his big move.

Rated at £7.65m by Transfermarkt, it seems he’d be well within Chelsea’s reach, but does he have the quality to be a success at the Premier League champions?

Is he good enough?

It’s often difficult for players to make the step up from a club like Leicester City to Chelsea but there are signs he could have what it takes to be one that makes the grade. With experience of winning the Premier League trophy two seasons ago and playing in the UEFA Champions League last term, it’s not as if he is completely off the pace that the Blues will be trying to set next term.

He was key to that Leicester title-winning side alongside N’Golo Kante, who’s proven to be one of the best in a Chelsea shirt over the last 12 months. He did also get his football education at Manchester United, so has that background to call upon too.

However, where would he fit into Conte’s plans? Would he be a first-choice start in his illustrious midfield? That seems unlikely and in that sense Drinkwater could find it tough to be a success, despite his hard grafting nature.

He would need to prove himself with limited appearances, which is never ideal. However if he’s happy to fit into the squad and offer depth and back-up to his teammates then it could be a move that makes more sense than you might think at first glance.