Chelsea plot move for marvellous Matic replacement

By Mark Peters IN General,Premier League,Transfers - 19:45 Aug 1st 2017

Chelsea have not been slow to splash the cash so far this summer, spending big money on Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alvaro Morata, though some of that has been recouped with the sale of Nemanja Matic to Manchester United.

Antonio Conte has certainly been brave in making significant changes to a title-winning team and it is thought that the Italian is still on the lookout for several more fresh faces.

One of those could well be Danny Drinkwater if reports in the Daily Mail are to be believed, with the former Juventus and Italy boss keen to increase his options in the middle of the park.

DANNY DRINKWATER

Moving to Stamford Bridge would see the 27-year-old reunited with N’Golo Kante in midfield, a partner with whom he enjoyed tremendous success for Leicester back in 2015/16.

In reality, Bakayoko would probably get the nod alongside his fellow Frenchman if both he and Drinkwater were fit, but the England international’s history with the current PFA Player of the Year cannot be overlooked:

Daniel
Drinkwater
versusN'Golo
Kante
MIDPOSITIONMID
27Y 4MAGE26Y 4M
5FT 10INHEIGHT5FT 7IN
11ST 0LBWEIGHT10ST 0LB
 
PL | LEI | | LEI | PL
06/15 - 06/1606/15 - 06/16
35
STARTS
33
3043
MINS
PLAYED
3020
2
GOALS
1
7
ASSISTS
4
1
OPENING
GOALS
1
1
WINNING
GOALS
1
HOME
GOALS
1
1
AWAY
GOALS
HEADED
GOALS
R
2
GOALS
R/L FOOT
R
1
1522
MINS
PER GOAL
3020
8
TOTAL

When paired with the Chelsea star during the Foxes’ unexpected title-winning season, Drinkwater was given greater licence to get forward, weighing in with an impressive haul of seven assists.

Although the former Manchester United trainee was unable to replicate that sort of form last time around, he still proved to be enormously valuable to the East Midlands outfit in what was a difficult domestic campaign:

Daniel Drinkwater
POS: MIDAGE: 27Y 4M
HEIGHT: 5FT 10INWEIGHT: 11ST 0LB
 
PL | LEI | 16/1716/17 16/17 | LEI | PL
WITHWITHOUT
29
MATCHES
9
38%
WIN%
11%
14%
DRAW%
44%
48%
LOSS%
44%
36
GOALS FOR
12
45
GOALS AGAINST
18
1.2
GOALS F
PER GAME
1.3
1.6
GOALS A
PER GAME
2
72.5
MINS PER
GOALS F
67.5
58
MINS PER
GOALS A
45
7.4
SHOTS F
PER GAME
9.3
1.3
POINTS
PER GAME
0.8
8
CLEAN SHEETS
1
8
TOTAL
5

In fact, Leicester won just one of the nine top-flight matches that the all-action midfielder missed, averaging 0.5 fewer points per game than they managed when he was involved.

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6 Comments

  1. Ebenezer Edzii
    Posted August 1, 2017 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    Andre Gomes of Barcelona is available and might be a better replacement for Matic

    • Vesper
      Posted August 1, 2017 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

      Gomes was a disaster at Barca. Barca paid £32m for him. He had a HORRIFIC year. So what do the ultra arrogant Catalans do? Demand £50m for the flop! NO THANKS. Leon Goretzka from Schalke or Leander Dendoncker from Anderlect or even Marcelo Brozovic from Inter wpukd be FAR superior. Goretzka is a baby Lampard in the making, Dendoncker is a towering force. Both are only 22. Brozovic is versatile and adds proven experience. All 3 ARE Chelsea level players.

  2. Vesper
    Posted August 1, 2017 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    MARVELLOUS MATIC REPLACEMENT???? Drinkwater???? Shoot me please!!

  3. Justice
    Posted August 1, 2017 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

    Chelsea show sign whom ever conte demanded; periode

  4. Chelsea Alan
    Posted August 2, 2017 at 12:04 am | Permalink

    We already have Matics’ replacement his name is Bakayoko who is a far better player. To be accurate turn this story around. Drinkwater, or whoever CFC sign is a squad player to replace the likes of Age or Mikel in the squad. Both the media and fans need to give Conte more credit! Drinkwater is a great player and would make a great addition to our squad but I doubt Leicester would sell him or that he would come just to be a squad player.

  5. Chelsea Alan
    Posted August 2, 2017 at 12:05 am | Permalink

    We already have Matics’ replacement his name is Bakayoko who is a far better player. To be accurate turn this story around. Drinkwater, or whoever CFC sign is a squad player to replace the likes of Ake or Mikel in the squad. Both the media and fans need to give Conte more credit! Drinkwater is a great player and would make a great addition to our squad but I doubt Leicester would sell him or that he would come just to be a squad player.