Danny Drinkwater, who celebrated his first goal of the season over the weekend, has played a vital part in Leicester City’s unprecedented rise in the Premier League.
The Foxes eased past a strong Stoke City side thanks to goals from Drinkwater, Jamie Vardy and Leonardo Ulloa as they sealed a 3-0 win. The victory maintained Leicester's title challenge.
The former provided yet another sublime display on Saturday, setting up teammate Vardy for the Foxes' second goal and his fifth assist of the season, whilst grabbing one for himself 24 minutes prior.
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His recent displays could see the 25-year-old earn a spot on the plane to France this summer for the European Championships, which will also leave a sour taste in the mouth of former club Manchester United, who let the midfielder leave in 2012.
He was sent on loan four times during his three-year stint at Old Trafford yet still failed to crack the first team, yet another example of the Red Devils showing a lack of belief in youngsters.
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Drinkwater's failure to establish himself saw him follow in the footsteps of Paul Pogba, Wilfried Zaha and Joshua King, neither of whom afforded game time at the Theatre of Dreams and since establishing themselves elsewhere.
The Manchester-born midfielder hasn’t received the plaudits he deserves this season, with the likes of Riyad Mahrez and Vardy stealing the show with their superiority up front.
It could be argued, though, that without Drinkwater in the side, alongside N'Golo Kante, the deadly duo wouldn’t have excelled in the same manner.
England manager Roy Hodgson insisted he wouldn't call upon any new players prior to Euro 2016, but the Foxes star's impressive form could force him to change his mind.
Furthermore, Leicester will undoubtedly have a battle on their hands to retain their dynamic central midfielder. No such rumours of a move have emerged in January, but should Drinkwater continue to impress, the likes of Tottenham and Everton could come calling.
The 25-year-old's work rate, creativity and vigour have gone under the radar amidst the sheer amount of goals and assists at the King Power Stadium, but don't be fooled, his contributions have perhaps proved just as vital.
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