As reported by the Daily Mirror, West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini is ready to join the race for Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater – and it would certainly be a nice way to round off a summer of great business.
It’s been a tough past year for the Englishman, who was perhaps the only person unaware that he wouldn’t be getting much game time down at Stamford Bridge.
Perhaps he was deceived into thinking he would be starting games week in week out ahead of an ageing Cesc Fabregas, but the Spaniard was pretty much an ever-present alongside the indispensable N’Golo Kante.
The summer arrival of Jorginho has not helped his cause and he now looks likely to move on in the next week or so, and the Irons should definitely ensure that they’re at the front of the queue for Drinkwater, who hasn’t become a bad player overnight.
The 28-year-old was an unsung hero next to the irrepressible Kante for Leicester City during their fairly-tale Premier League title win, and could operate in a similar way for West Ham alongside new signing Jack Wilshere.
Drinkwater works best as a deep-lying playmaker and he could form a fine partnership with compatriot Wilshere, who can be more effective further up the field.
Mark Noble has obviously been a great servant but perhaps now is the time for him to take up more of a bit-part role and allow the club to bring in a Premier League winner. He’s energetic, industrious and has the eye for a killer pass from deep, which would be handy for the likes of Andriy Yarmolenko, Felipe Anderson and Marko Arnautovic up top.