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1920 burnley danny drinkwater signs 1000x500The talk all summer has been about the need to sign a new midfielder and today, at the eleventh hour, we’ve done just that with the capture of Chelsea’s Danny Drinkwater on loan until 6th January.

Drinkwater has been at Chelsea for two years although hasn’t featured too much in the first team. The same can’t be said about the five and a half years he spent at Leicester. He made a total of 218 appearances for the Foxes, 193 of them in the league and missed only three games in their historic 2015/16 season when they won the Premier League.

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Manchester born Drinkwater started his career with Manchester United although never played for them in the first team. For first team football he had to go out on loan to Huddersfield, Cardiff, Watford and Barnsley before getting his move to Leicester and he was at Watford during the time that Sean Dyche was assistant to Malky Mackay.

Just two years ago, his transfer from Leicester to Chelsea cost the London club around £35 million but he’s never been able to establish himself and with Frank Lampard making him available for loan, we’ve moved to bring him to Turf Moor, some four years after Dyche tried to sign him from Leicester.

The 29-year-old has three England caps, making his debut at Wembley against the Netherlands in 2016.

He first played against Burnley for Watford in our 3-1 win at Vicarage Road in February 2011, missing a good chance in the opening minute of the game. Twice in the following season he lined up against us, once for Barnsley and then for Leicester, both again in our away games.

The first time he played against us at Turf Moor was at the end of 2012 when he was in the Leicester side that beat us 1-0 in the Championship with, needless to say, David Nugent scoring the goal. He played another six times against us for Leicester, the last of them coming in January 2017 when a Sam Vokes goal gave us a 1-0 win.

The next time we see him playing on the Turf will be in a Burnley shirt following his signing today and Up the Clarets wish him all the very best this season as a Claret.

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