Chelsea's Staggering Win/Loss Ratio With Sidelined First Team Star Will Blow Your Mind
Chelsea fans have been on Danny Drinkwater's case since they signed him for £35 million in the summer, but perhaps all is not as bad as it seems.
The 28-year-old exited Leicester City as a club legend after winning the Premier League title with them and linked up with the reigning champions at Stamford Bridge.
There was already a dark cloud of negativity surrounding the midfielder when he first arrived and Chelsea fans were quick to write him off.
However, SPORTbible research has discovered that the criticism of the England international could be too harsh and fans may be stunned by the findings.
With Drinkwater in the team:
22 games: 14 wins, 5 draws and 3 defeats. Win percentage of 63.6% and a loss percentage of 13.6%
Without Drinkwater in the team:
26 games: 12 wins, 5 draws and 9 defeats. Win percentage of 46.1% and a loss percentage of 34.6%
Drinkwater has made a total of 22 appearances in the first team since he joined Chelsea and the only three defeats in that time have come at the hands of Manchester United, AS Roma and Manchester City.
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The ball-playing central midfielder has been used on several occasions as a substitute, but manager Antonio Conte has still started him on 10 occasions.
He was not signed to be the first name in the starting XI and the fact he is an England international has surely bumped up his price tag, though Chelsea fans may have jumped the gun on their judgement of the squad player.
N'Golo Kante and Cesc Fabregas appear to have their hold on the two midfield positions, yet that could all change under a new manager and the likes of Ross Barkley, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Drinkwater could be given a reprieve.
Gareth Southgate's England are lacking quality options in the midfield and should be pleading for Chelsea to get the best out of Drinkwater.
The pass master keeps it tidy in the middle of the park and there could be a strong case for Chelsea to implement a Kante-Drinkwater midfield that steered Leicester to the Premier League title.
He has shown that he has an eye-catching range of passing and is willing to do the dirty work.
Can Drinkwater carve out a successful career with Chelsea?
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