Drinkwater playing for Cardiff City in 2010
|Full name||Daniel Noel Drinkwater|
|Date of birth||5 March 1990|
|Place of birth||Manchester, England|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|2009–2010||→ Huddersfield Town (loan)||35||(2)|
|2010–2011||→ Cardiff City (loan)||9||(0)|
|2011||→ Watford (loan)||12||(0)|
|2011–2012||→ Barnsley (loan)||17||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 September 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Daniel Noel "Danny" Drinkwater (born 5 March 1990) is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Leicester City. He has previously spent time on loan at Huddersfield Town, Cardiff City, Watford, Barnsley, and played for Manchester United, and has played internationally for England at under-18 and under-19 levels.
Born in Manchester, Greater Manchester, Drinkwater joined the Manchester United academy at the age of nine, progressing through the ranks before earning a trainee contract in July 2006. In his first season at the club, Drinkwater became a regular in the Manchester United under-18 side, making 27 appearances and scoring two goals. He received his first taste of reserve team action that same season, coming off the bench to replace Ritchie Jones in a 5–2 Premier Reserve League win at home to Wigan Athletic. The following season, Drinkwater consolidated his position in the under-18s team while increasing his presence in the reserves. In the 2008 Lancashire Senior Cup final against Liverpool on 31 July 2008, Drinkwater came on as a 56th-minute substitute for Rodrigo Possebon before scoring the winning goal three minutes from full-time. In the 2008–09 season, Drinkwater became a regular in the reserve team, making 18 appearances and getting on the scoresheet twice.
At the end of the season, Drinkwater was called up to the Manchester United first team for their dead rubber league match against Hull City on 24 May 2009. Given the number 46 jersey, he was named on the bench, but did not take to the field.
Huddersfield Town loan
To gain first team experience, on 14 August 2009, Drinkwater joined Huddersfield Town on loan for the duration of the 2009–10 season. He made his debut for the club the very next day, coming on in the 72nd-minute in a 3–1 win at home to Southampton. His first goal for Huddersfield came three days later in a 7–1 home win over Brighton & Hove Albion, five minutes after coming on as a 64th-minute substitute. He made his first start for Huddersfield in a 1–0 defeat at Bristol Rovers on 22 August 2009.
Cardiff City (loan)
On 8 July 2010, Manchester United agreed for Drinkwater to spend a season-long loan spell at Cardiff City. As they were under a transfer embargo at the time, Cardiff said that the move would be completed once this had been lifted, although Drinkwater did play a part in Cardiff's first pre-season friendly against Bath City on 8 July. He then took part in their game in Portugal against Portimonense, which Cardiff lost 3–0. The move was eventually confirmed on 6 August 2010, once the embargo had been removed. Drinkwater's competitive debut for Cardiff came on 8 August, in their 1–1 home draw with Sheffield United on the opening day of the 2010–11 Football League season.
Despite the loan having originally been intended to last the entire season, Manchester United recalled Drinkwater from Cardiff on 25 January 2011. During his time in the Welsh capital, Drinkwater made 12 appearances, including nine in the Championship.
On 23 August 2011, Drinkwater joined Barnsley on loan until 2 January 2012, which was later extended until 30 June 2012. He scored his first goal for Barnsley in their 5–3 defeat to Cardiff City, a club where Drinkwater spent a few months on loan.
On 20 January 2012, Drinkwater joined Leicester City from Manchester United for an undisclosed fee. Despite having an inconsistent first year at the club, Drinkwater's performances during the 2013-14 season earnt him great praise, and after being named Championship Player of the Month for December 2013, he was also one of three players who received a nomination for the Championship Player of the Year Award. Drinkwater had his most successful year as a professional, scoring seven goals and being named to the PFA Championship Team of the Year alongside teammates Kasper Schmeichel and Wes Morgan, as Leicester were promoted to the Premier League after winning the Championship. On 17 June 2014, Drinkwater signed a new four-year deal with Leicester after helping the Foxes win promotion to the Premier League for the first time in ten years.
He also made appearances and scored once for the England under-19s between 2008 and 2009. His first appearance came in their 2–0 win over Bosnia & Herzegovina under-19s on 27 April 2009. His final appearance for the England under-19s came in their 3–1 win over France under-19s on 30 July 2009.
Last updated: 14 September 2014
|Club||Season||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Other[nb 1]||Total|
|Huddersfield Town (loan)||2009–10||35||2||1||0||1||0||—||2||0||39||2|
|Cardiff City (loan)||2010–11||9||0||1||0||2||0||—||—||12||0|
- Leicester City
- Championship Team of the Year (1): 2013–14
- Championship Player of the Month (1): December 2013
- Leicester City Player of the Season (1): 2013–14
- Leicester City Goal of the Season (1): 2013–14 (Vs. Watford, 8 February 2014)
- Includes other competitive competitions, including the FA Community Shield, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup, Football League play-offs
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- "Full Time: Portiomense 3 – 0 Cardiff". cardiffcityfc.com (Cardiff City FC). 17 July 2010. Retrieved 10 September 2013.
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- "Watford sign Manchester United midfielder Drinkwater". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 28 January 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
- Marshall, Adam (23 August 2011). "Danny joins Barnsley". ManUtd.com (Manchester United). Retrieved 23 August 2011.
- "Drinkwater deal sealed". barnsleyfc.co.uk (Barnsley F.C.). 6 January 2011. Retrieved 7 January 2011.
- "Leicester land Drinkwater". lcfc.com (Leicester City). 20 January 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
- "Drinkwater Wins Player Of The Month". lcfc.com (Leicester City FC). 10 January 2014. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
- "Football League nominates Ings, Drinkwater & McCormack". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 13 March 2014. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
- "Leicester City trio make the PFA Championship Team of the Year". Leicester Mercury. 27 April 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
- "Leicester City promoted to Premier League after QPR defeat". The Guardian. 5 April 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
- "Transfer news: Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater signs new four-year contract". Sky Sports. 17 June 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
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- "Danny Drinkwater". thefa.com. The Football Association. Retrieved 23 February 2011.
- Danny Drinkwater career stats at Soccerbase
- Profile at Manchester United website
- Profile at Huddersfield Town website