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Danny Drinkwater's Leicester City absence will be terribly felt

Sunday 3rd September 2017
Deadline day was action packed. Several big deals were completed. One involved Leicester City fans favourite, Danny Drinkwater.

A few days prior to the transfer deadline, news broke the Premier League champion had submitted a transfer request, leaving Foxes fans confused and heartbroken. Reigning Premier League champion Chelsea had been linked with the player throughout the summer. The Blues finally secured his signature with a five-year deal, £35 million deal. A fair fee in today's market. Drinkwater's exit will leave a gaping hole in the Leicester squad.

Here are three reasons he will be sorely missed at the King Power Stadium.
Irreplaceable?

Leicester fans' frustration at news of Drinkwater's exit is understandable. They know, more than anyone, just how difficult it will be to replace him. Leicester has not registered many midfielders that can measure up to his standard. Cambiasso, who was at his career's end, and Kante are the only names that spring to mind. There are many midfielders across Europe Leicester can play in his position. Few possess his quality.

 Passion

As a player who strove hard to attain his present level, Danny Drinkwater's passion for the game can never be questioned. After an interminable four-loan spell during his time at Old Trafford, moving to Leicester City on a permanent deal must have come as a relief. Still, he did not relent. The England international earned promotion to the top tier with the Foxes two years after his arrival. He was their stand-out performer, coming third in the running for Championship Player of the Year.
He made his return to the Premier League largely on the bench behind Esteban Cambiasso yet worked relentlessly to be instrumental in the side's title victory, missing just three match through the league season. For a footballer so accustomed to life in the second division, it was a surprise to see his powerful display in the top flight. His passion and determination for success were the main driving force behind this transformation.

Skills

Above everything, Drinkwater has mastered his trade. He was exceptional playing alongside N'Golo Kante in the Foxes' remarkable 2015-16 title campaign. He was, without a doubt, one of the very best at Leicester City.

Passing range is undoubtedly his biggest strength. His inch-perfect cross-field balls compare favourably with Steven Gerrard's. Drinkwater's influence at Leicester was not given the proper accolades. While the 2016-17 season fell short of his previous seasons, Leicester fans are well aware of his full capabilities.
Taking into account all his attributes, the 27-year-old is a complete midfielder with superior strength and ability to drive forward on the ball. His contribution cannot be overlooked when playing defensively. He hardly relinquishes his hold on the ball. Chelsea fans will surely find themselves delighted with Nemanja Matic's replacement. Cesc Fabregas, perhaps not so much.

Drinkwater's effect on Leicester's play can never be overrated. Craig Shakespeare will be hard put to find a player who can replicate his performance.
Adebayo Temitope

Temitope, an ardent soccer fan. I may be based in Lagos but I watch as much European football as I can. I've been writing about football for several years, before I joined IRIAW you may have seen my work on The Football Weeks. I'm also a keen music fan


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