Wolverhampton Wanderers should test the waters over Chelsea’s Danny Drinkwater in January.
As reported by The Birmingham Mail, Nuno Espirito Santo wants to sign another central midfield player to provide cover and competition for Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves.
The Portuguese duo have struck up a very good understanding with each other in the Premier League so far.
Neves in particular has stood out with an impressive eye for raking passes from deep.
At the moment Nuno doesn’t have much depth, with Romain Saiss and Morgan Gibbs-White the only other real options.
Leander Dendoncker can also play in midfield, but the Belgian is yet to make a league appearance for his loan club.
With options few and far between, Drinkwater could be an ideal fit at Molineux.
Drinkwater is a realistic target of decent quality
Drinkwater can’t get a look-in at Chelsea, with Maurizio Sarri using the likes of Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Ross Barkley before the Englishman.
The Premier League winner also has competition in the form of Cesc Fabregas and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, so it’s unlikely he’s going to see much game time at Stamford Bridge this season.
Wolves should think about offering him an escape route, as he could become an invaluable squad member at Molineux.
People tend to forget how tidy Drinkwater can be in possession of the ball, and he and Neves or Moutinho could completely dictate the flow of games.
He did the business for Leicester City during their incredible title triumph in 2016, and there’s no reason why he can’t reach similar levels again at the right club – which, unfortunately for him, clearly isn’t Chelsea.
As well as being a good playmaker, Drinkwater is also very industrious which is a crucial trait for teams wanting to dominate possession statistics like Wolves.