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Danny Drinkwater
Drinkwater in 2017.jpg
Drinkwater warming up for Chelsea in 2017
Personal information
Full name Daniel Noel Drinkwater[1]
Date of birth (1990-03-05) 5 March 1990 (age 28)[2]
Place of birth Manchester, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Chelsea
Number 6
Youth career
0000–2008 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2012 Manchester United 0 (0)
2009–2010Huddersfield Town (loan) 33 (2)
2010–2011Cardiff City (loan) 9 (0)
2011Watford (loan) 12 (0)
2011–2012Barnsley (loan) 17 (1)
2012–2017 Leicester City 193 (13)
2017– Chelsea 12 (1)
National team
2007–2008 England U18 2 (1)
2008–2009 England U19 12 (0)
2016– England 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6:34, 5 March 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:59, 30 December 2017 (UTC)

Daniel Noel Drinkwater (born 5 March 1990) is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Chelsea and the English national team. He has previously spent time on loan at Huddersfield Town, Cardiff City, Watford and Barnsley, and also played for Manchester United and Leicester City. Drinkwater has also played internationally for England at under-18 and under-19 levels. He is a Premier League winner, having won the competition with Leicester in the 2015–16 season.

Club career

Manchester United

Born in Manchester,[2] Drinkwater joined the Manchester United academy at the age of nine, progressing through the ranks before earning a trainee contract in July 2006.[citation needed] In his first season at the club, Drinkwater became a regular in the Manchester United under-18 team, making 27 appearances and scoring two goals.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] The following season, Drinkwater consolidated his position in the under-18s team while increasing his presence in the reserves.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] In the 2008–09 season, Drinkwater became a regular in the reserve team, making 18 appearances and getting on the scoresheet twice.[citation needed]

At the end of the season, he was called up to the Manchester United first team for their dead rubber league match against Hull City on 24 May 2009. He was named on the bench, but did not take to the field.[3]

Loans

To gain first-team experience, on 14 August 2009, Drinkwater joined Huddersfield Town on loan for the duration of the 2009–10 season.[4] He made his debut for the club the very next day, coming on in the 72nd minute for Gary Roberts in a 3–1 win at home to Southampton.[5] 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.[6] He made his first start for Huddersfield in a 1–0 defeat at Bristol Rovers on 22 August.[7]

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.[8] The move was eventually confirmed on 6 August 2010, once the embargo had been removed.[9] Drinkwater's competitive debut for Cardiff two days later, in their 1–1 home draw with Sheffield United on the opening day of the 2010–11 Football League season.[10]

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 with Cardiff, Drinkwater made 12 appearances, including nine in the Championship.[11]

Just three days after his return to Manchester United, Drinkwater joined Watford on 28 January 2011 on loan until the end of the season.[12]

On 23 August 2011, Drinkwater joined Barnsley on loan until 2 January 2012,[13] which was later extended until 30 June 2012.[14] He made 17 Championship appearances for the Tykes, scoring in a 5–3 loss at his former team Cardiff on 22 October.[15]

Leicester City

Drinkwater playing for Leicester City in 2017

On 20 January 2012, Drinkwater joined Leicester City from Manchester United for an undisclosed fee.[16]

After being named Championship Player of the Month for December 2013,[17] he was also one of three players who received a nomination for the Championship Player of the Year Award.[18] 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,[19] as Leicester were promoted to the Premier League after winning the Championship.[20] 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.[21]

Drinkwater played consistently as the Foxes won the Premier League title in 2015–16, alongside his midfield partners N'Golo Kanté, Marc Albrighton and Riyad Mahrez.[22][23] He scored his first top-flight goal on 23 January 2016, to open a 3–0 win over Stoke City at the King Power Stadium.[24]

On 25 August 2016, Drinkwater signed a contract to remain with the club until 2021.[25]

Chelsea

On 1 September 2017, Drinkwater signed for Premier League champions Chelsea on a five-year contract, for a £35 million fee.[26] Due to a thigh injury that ruled him out previously, he made his debut on 25 October in the last 16 of the EFL Cup, playing an hour of a 2–1 home win over Everton.[27] Drinkwater made his first Premier League start for the Blues in a 1–1 draw against Liverpool at Anfield on 25 November.[28] On 30 December, he scored his first goal for Chelsea, a well-executed half volley, in a 5–0 home win over Stoke City.[29] His first season at Chelsea saw him make 22 appearances in all competitions, including four in the Blues’ triumphant FA Cup campaign. However, injury meant Drinkwater was not involved in the final, against his old club Manchester United.[30]

International career

Drinkwater made his debut for the England under-18 team in their 2–0 win over Ghana, where he scored the second goal of the match.[31] His second under-18 cap came in a 2–0 win over Austria.[32]

He also made appearances for the England under-19s between 2008 and 2009. His first appearance came in their match against Albania on 8 October 2008. His final appearance for the England under-19s came against Ukraine on 2 August 2009.[32]

He was called up to the full England squad for the first time on 17 March 2016, ahead of friendlies against Germany and the Netherlands.[33] He made his debut 12 days later in the latter match, a 2–1 loss at Wembley Stadium in which he was man of the match.[34] Drinkwater was named in Roy Hodgson's 26-man provisional squad for UEFA Euro 2016 but was one of three players axed for the final selection.[35]

Career statistics

Club

Drinkwater playing for Leicester City in 2013
As of match played 4 March 2018
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester United 2008–09[36] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009–10[7] Premier League 0 0 0 0
2010–11[37] Premier League 0 0 0 0
2011–12[38] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Huddersfield Town (loan) 2009–10[7] League One 33 2 1 0 1 0 2[a] 0 37 2
Cardiff City (loan) 2010–11[37] Championship 9 0 1 0 2 0 12 0
Watford (loan) 2010–11[37] Championship 12 0 12 0
Barnsley (loan) 2011–12[38] Championship 17 1 1 0 18 1
Leicester City 2011–12[38] Championship 19 2 19 2
2012–13[39] Championship 42 1 1 0 1 0 2[b] 0 46 1
2013–14[40] Championship 45 7 0 0 4 1 49 8
2014–15[41] Premier League 23 0 1 0 0 0 24 0
2015–16[42] Premier League 35 2 1 0 1 0 37 2
2016–17[43] Premier League 29 1 2 0 1 0 10[c] 0 1[d] 0 43 1
2017–18[44] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 193 13 5 0 7 1 10 0 3 0 218 14
Chelsea 2017–18[44] Premier League 12 1 4 0 3 0 3[c] 0 22 1
Career total 276 17 12 0 13 1 13 0 5 0 319 18
  1. ^ Appearances in League One play-offs
  2. ^ Appearances in Championship play-offs
  3. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  4. ^ Appearance in FA Community Shield

International

As of match played 27 May 2016[45]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
England 2016 3 0
Total 3 0

Honours

Leicester City

Individual

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