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Opinion: Could Danny Drinkwater’s move to Aston Villa see the Chelsea midfielder back to his best?

It’s a bit early for April fools, but following Danny Drinkwater’s loan move to Aston Villa, there is a bit of optimism regarding his future.

Let’s be honest, he didn’t even come close to replicating his form at Leicester City following his £35m move to Stamford Bridge. It was a deadline day panic buy that sums up the downside of transfer windows.

At no point did the 29-year-old offer anything to the Blues squad that we didn’t already have. Personal problems have besieged the former England international since.

This season on loan at Burnley he’s had a chance to rediscover his form. Whether it be to secure a permanent move away from Stamford Bridge, or as a possible long-shot, actually force his way into Frank Lampard’s squad.

However, injuries and a lack of professionalism saw Drinkwater make only one solitary performance for the Clarets. Now he’s off to Aston Villa, being given another shot at finding the form that helped the Foxes win the premier league title, whilst also staking a claim in the England squad.

Pundit Danny Murphy has faith in him, telling Talksport (7/1/20) Drivetime:

“If he can get back to anywhere near his best then he will be a super signing for Villa and hopefully he has that hunger now to prove himself again. Not prove himself, but just get back and play his football because he can play.”

It’s great he’s getting backed by a former pro, but in truth it appears to be blind optimism. I hope I’m proven wrong, but Danny’s time at Chelsea is as good as over. Best of luck to him for the rest of his career.

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