Calm Conte has no job con­cerns

Irish Examiner - Sport - - SOCCER/WORLD OF SPORT -

Danny Drinkwa­ter’s value to Chelsea has in­creased even though he has yet to kick a ball for the club. The for­mer Le­ices­ter City mid­fielder’s €39 million move to Chelsea on trans­fer dead­line day was one of the more sur­pris­ing moves of the win­dow.

Yes, the Eng­land in­ter­na­tional forged a ti­tle-win­ning part­ner­ship with N’golo Kante when the pair were at the King Power Sta­dium, but the switch car­ried all the hall­marks of squad fill­ing. Hav­ing fi­nally joined in with first­team train­ing last week, the player’s sta­tus has changed and his avail­abil­ity is an­tic­i­pated more keenly largely be­cause of Kante’s ham­string in­jury and Tiemoue Bakayoko’s con­tin­u­ing poor form fol­low­ing his ar­rival from Monaco. Con­fir­ma­tion of Chelsea’s short­com­ings in cen­tral mid­field came in David Luiz’s chaotic dis­play against Wat­ford af­ter be­ing pushed for­ward from de­fence against AS Roma.

It’s a shame for Drinkwa­ter he hasn’t been avail­able to es­tab­lish him­self this month, but his chance will come when he is fully fit.

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