Danny Drinkwater
Danny Drinkwater has played a bit-part role in his first season at Chelsea. Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte would have learnt a great deal in his assessment of his current squad on Wednesday night.

One of the things that would have put a grin on the Italian’s face was Danny Drinkwater’s performance in the 2-1 win against Everton in the Carabao Cup.

Despite Everton taking time to settle into the game, Drinkwater showed his qualities on his Blues debut.

The English midfielder was composed on the ball and fitted in nicely next to youngster Ethan Ampadu.

The frailties of Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko’s partnership have shown several times this season. This is mainly evident when we are on the back foot, even against teams like Crystal Palace and Watford.

Kante has certainly been a big miss since his injury for France on international duty. However, Drinkwater could be the temporary replacement to steady the ship for Chelsea in the middle of the park.

The Daily Mail reported that Kante was back in training in the hope of featuring against Bournemouth. However, Conte may not want to rush the Frenchman back in the team yet.

Drinkwater could well be the short-term solution this team desires after recent unconvincing performanes.

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