Drinkwater joins Chelsea
A tenacious midfielder who can impact the game at either end of the pitch, Drinkwater is reunited with N’Golo Kante at Stamford Bridge. The pair forged a profitable partnership in Leicester’s incredible title-winning campaign of 2015/16.
A product of Manchester United’s academy, he enjoyed successful loan spells with Huddersfield, Cardiff, Watford and Barnsley before joining then-Championship side Leicester in 2012.
Drinkwater was a key figure and named in the PFA Championship Team of the Season in 2013/14 as the Foxes returned to the top flight, and remained an important player as they retained that status with a stunning late run in 2014/15.
However, it was in the next campaign that he really made his name, under the guidance of former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri. He appeared 35 times in a league season nobody could have predicted, with one of two goals coming from long range against Chelsea in a 1-1 draw on the final day of the campaign. He also made his England debut that March, and has three caps to date.