Aston Villa are set to confirm the loan extension of Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater, according to the Express and Star.
The 30-year-old was on the bench for Villa in the 1-0 defeat to Wolves but missed the club’s previous three fixtures with an injury.
Drinkwater will be desperate to revive his career at Villa Park, having failed to get going so far.
The £100,000-a-week midfielder has featured five times for the club who are currently staring relegation in the face.
Villa are 19th in the Premier League and face the embarrassing prospect of an instant return to the Championship.
Boss Dean Smith may feel that he can call upon the experience of Drinkwater during the club’s final six games of the campaign.
The Villans haven’t won since January; losing six of their last eight fixtures.
It is claimed that the Villa coaching staff have been impressed with Drinkwater’s attitude in training.
With that in mind, an extension to his loan has been sought with Chelsea happy to oblige for the final run-in.
Some Villa fans do remain uncertain of what part Drinkwater can play for the remainder of the season.
Several are disgruntled with the team’s fortunes and fear relegation is a foregone conclusion.
With that in mind, they have taken to Twitter to discuss whether or not Drinkwater can play a part between now and the end of the season.
Jesus Christ. I'd honestly rather Jedinak came out of retirement.
— Matt AVFC (@everysongsung) June 30, 2020
Wow, just the confidence boost we needed ?#AVFC
— Chris Rowley (@chrisrowley4) June 30, 2020
A real statement of intent from the money guys is long overdue. The romancing of Smith was a ridiculous experiment in fan manipulation. We need a world class manager now, or we're done as a top flight club…
— Jonathan Wood (@doombandit) June 30, 2020
He’s done nothing
— Craig Osborne (@craigosborne19) July 1, 2020
Villa board pic.twitter.com/t1j2E8ANxn
— Andrew Horton (@Villandrew) June 30, 2020
This is Smith's call. Let's see if it works.
— CJ (@CJ7891234) June 30, 2020
He must be Zidanesque in training to warrant an extension.
— Darren L Nippers (@Dln230470L) July 1, 2020