- Full Name
- Daniel Drinkwater
- Date of Birth
- 5 March 1990
- 5'10" (178cm)
- 12st 6lbs (79kg)
- Professional Debut
- 27 August 2011
A talented playmaker capable of pulling the strings from his usual berth in central midfield, he retains an undoubted ability to dictate the pace of games and dangerously influence attacking advances.
Born in Manchester and a graduate of the United academy, Danny had already acquired considerable Championship experience when he joined Leicester during loan spells with Cardiff City, Watford and Barnsley.
He also made 37 appearances in League 1 while on loan with Huddersfield Town during the 2009/10 season.
The 2011/12 campaign saw Drinkwater begin to show his undoubted potential, making 18 appearances for Barnsley including an outstanding display in the Tykes' 2-1 win at King Power Stadium, which included assists for both goals.
The midfielder continued his development with City in 2012/13, and unsurprisingly was the team’s top passer by some margin in that season with over 2,500.
The 2013/14 season again saw Drinkwater top the passing statistics for the league, as well as contributing eight goals – including screamers against Watford and Reading.
His 24 appearances in 2014/15 for the Foxes went some way towards helping the Club secure survival, while his performances in the centre of midfield during the 2015/16 campaign were pivotal to City’s march to the Premier League title.
Drinkwater missed just three of his side’s league games and scored two goals – both long-range strikes against Stoke City and Chelsea.
The dynamic central midfielder penned a new five-year deal with Leicester in August 2016, keeping at the Club until 2021.
Drinkwater played an influential role in City's run to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League having been involved in all 10 of the Foxes' European fixtures.
His strike against Liverpool - a stunning half-volley - earned him the 2016/17 Goal of the Season award.