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It hasn’t really gone down well with former Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater since he won the Premier League title with the Foxes and left the club to join Chelsea.
After failing to play for Chelsea for a full season under Maurizio Sarri, Drinkwater struggled on loan with Burnley in the first half of the season and was also involved in an off field incident.
Drinkwater’s immediate future at Aston Villa is in serious jeopardy after he allegedly headbutted team-mate Jota during a furious training ground bust-up on Tuesday.
Drinkwater’s ex-Leicester teammate Kevin Phillips has now told talkSPORT that the 30-year-old midfielder has always had ‘a short fuse’, but is surprised to see a midfielder of his standard struggle of late.
“We’ve all been in training grounds. Scuffles happen and you keep it in house,” Phillips said.
“But unfortunately for Aston Villa, when things are going against you and you’re fighting relegation, these things come out.
“Knowing Danny, he has got a short fuse. There have been other incidents as well on and off the pitch.
“But this surprises me. It wasn’t that long ago he was playing for England. It’s just incredible how the player has gone downhill.
“Danny played a huge part in Leicester’s title-winning side and went for big money to Chelsea; there was criticism from all over whether it was right or wrong, but he couldn’t turn Chelsea down at the time. But since he’s been there he just hasn’t played. Nine [sic, ten] starts in three years?
“Whether there’s an underlying problem away from football we don’t know, but it’s just sad to see from a player of his quality.”