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Danny Drinkwater has been the key to Leicester's success

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When the marker set by Claudio Ranieri at the King Power Stadium crosses your mind, who do you automatically think of? Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy most commonly?

It's true that these players have been crucial to Leicester City's amazing start to the campaign, but one player that doesn't get the credit he deserves is former Manchester United man, Danny Drinkwater.

Drinkwater has been immense for the Foxes so far this season. With the Englishman even getting worthy plaudits from Sam Allardyce and Danny Murphy on Match of the Day 2.

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Allardyce described the Manchester born man as "the perfect midfielder" and it's not difficult to understand why.

His ability to break up play, his energy in getting back when defending and even his contribution towards attack in his noteworthy sprints forward.

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Yet few have taken into account Drinkwater's presence in the Leicester team. Why? Because he has the job that gets the least applause.

Much like Gareth Barry and Micheal Carrick before him at their respective clubs, his job is to provide under-the-radar consistency in midfield.

To command his side's void between defence and attack and to be, in many ways, the protector whilst the creativity of Mahrez and pace of Vardy can work its magic.

There's no doubt he's done this superbly so far this year, and surely Roy Hodgson is casting a watchful eye over the King Power stadium at his international potential.

I wouldn't be surprised if the young centre-midfielder battles his way into England's midfield, with the likes of Henderson, Delph and Shelvey being the Three Lions' only real defensive muscle in front of the back four.

The key now for Danny Drinkwater is consistency. If he can muster up enough quality performances through to the next International break, and if he can keep earning such praise off fans and pundits alike - then the 25-year-old can thoroughly expect the Hodgson phone call.

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