As this summer’s transfer deadline day hots up, Everton look set to be one of its biggest players. Colombian centre-back Yerry Mina is on the brink of securing a £28m switch from Barcelona move, and it’s believed that business will not stop there.
New Toffees boss Marco Silva is still in the market for a midfield player, and he’s hoping to sprinkle a little bit of stardust in the process. His target has been identified in West London, and he has quite the record.
The man in question is, of course, Chelsea’s Danny Drinkwater. A £35m signing from Leicester City this time last year, he has now reportedly been informed by the incoming Maurizio Sarri that he’s surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.
The likes of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham and Crystal Palace have all been linked in recent weeks, but those in the know now believe that Everton have leapt to the front of the queue.
A one-time Premier League title winner, England international and Manchester United academy graduate, it’s clear that Drinkwater has pedigree. His time as Chelsea has led some to question just how good he is, however, with many regarding him as something of an expensive flop.
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The stats, quite, simply, do not back that view up. Drinkwater may have struggled to establish himself in the Blues’ first team, but in 12 Premier League matches he did appear in he made quite the impact.
He’s a midfielder capable of contributing at both ends of the field, and this was exemplified by average goals scored per game increasing by 0.5 and average goals conceded per game falling by 0.5 with him on the pitch.
Chelsea also kept possession for more of the game with Drinkwater in their side and, most importantly, they won 17% more regularly with him than did without.
All in all, it’s clear that he made a strong Chelsea side even stronger. Antonio Conte may not have seen him as a starter, but every time he was called upon Drinkwater delivered.
Players of such ability and Premier League experience rarely become available on the transfer market, especially on deadline day, and when they do they must be snapped up. This would be a wonderful deal for Everton and the player himself and, as such, should be pushed by all parties until the very last moment.
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