Against the overwhelming force of Manchester United on Saturday, Danny Drinkwater was one of the few Leicester players to emerge with any credit.
The midfielder is clearly feeling the loss of N’Golo Kanté as much as his teammates, but the effort was there with Drinkwater yesterday if not the execution.
Reports during the past week had linked the England international with a move to Old Trafford, and depending on how much substance there is to those reports, José Mourinho will probably be impressed with what he saw from the 26-year-old.
His fantastic displays over the past twelve months have seen him gain international recognition, and there was genuine surprise when he wasn’t taken to the European Champions by Roy Hodgson.
Drinkwater, who was previously on the books at Old Trafford as a youth player, has reportedly been valued by Leicester at between £20-30 million, but a report in the Mirror this morning has suggested that the Foxes would be willing to compromise.
The reports claim that Leicester will look to include Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin as part of any negotiation. Though it does not state how much Schneiderlin’s inclusion will take away from the monetary value, one would suspect that it would be significant.
Schneiderlin hasn’t quite justified the £25m spent to bring him from Southampton last year, and has only played five minutes of Premier League football under Mourinho this season.
The Man United boss could well consider such a proposal, as the French international doesn’t appear to be part of his first team plans, plus replacing one central midfielder with another would minimise disruption of the squad.
As long as Leicester are continuing on this downward trajectory, players such as Drinkwater and Riyad Mahrez look ever more likely to leave.
Whether Drinkwater’s career path takes him back to Old Trafford remains to be seen, however.