Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has opted for the midfield pairing of Tiemoue Bakayoko and Cesc Fabregas in central midfield in the absence of N’Golo Kante and the pair have struggled defensively and this would definitely be a worry for Conte.
Fabregas and Bakayoko aren’t good defensively and Chelsea are easily carved opened by opposition teams when we have both players in central midfield. For all of Bakayoko’s energy and drive when with the ball, the 23-year-old midfielder doesn’t know how to read the game and fails to sense danger quickly like Kante does. Bakayoko and Fabregas play better when they have Kante playing beside them in midfield.
With Kante out injured, Danny Drinkwater is the next closest to Kante when it comes to defensive qualities. Drinkwater is better defensively when compared to Fabregas and Bakayoko and he showed that yet again in his Chelsea debut against Everton on Wednesday night.
Drinkwater played just 62 minutes in the 2-1 victory over Everton on Wednesday night and the 27-year-old midfielder showed lots of promise. Many Chelsea fans would be hoping he gets fully match fit quickly so he can be a useful option for Conte.
Drinkwater made more interceptions than any player on the pitch in Chelsea’s win over Everton, highlighting his defensive qualities and Everton got more joy when the former Leicester City man was substituted by Cesc Fabregas. Drinkwater isn’t just good defensively, he is also tidy in possession.
Conte would be happy to see Drinkwater finally make his Chelsea debut and he could provide the defensive solidity Conte needs in midfield until Kante returns from injury.