Former Chelsea midfielder has work cut out to break into new team

Danny Drinkwater joined Burnley on loan on transfer deadline day, as reported by the BBC.

They state that the deal is until January initially, meaning Drinkwater will have to hit the ground running if he is to make an impression and hold down a place.

It won’t be easy for him, having the regular and reliable midfield three of Jack Cork, last ‘player of the year Ashley Westwood, and Jeff Hendrick to compete with.

There are certainly no guarantees of regular football for Drinkwater, and his new manager Sean Dyche has explained that it will be tough.

As reported by The Lancashire Telegraph, when questioned about Cork, Westwood and Hendrick, Dyche said:

“There’s no question mark on them at all.

“He’s (Drinkwater) got to earn the right to play, as have all signings here.

“I’ve never told a player signing here ‘you’re going to be this’. I’ve said, ‘you’ll come into the group and you’ve got to earn your spurs'”.

Drinkwater has very little football under his belt, having not featured at all for Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea last season.

He started off with some game time under Frank Lampard during this pre-season, but was always going to be a bit part player if he stayed at Stamford Bridge.

He will be hoping to prove his worth at Burnley, and get his own career back on track again.