15 December 2020 16:33
Can't lie, we were struggling a little bit this week. The Premier League weekend threw up lots of gloriously strange weirdness and what was either the most boring Big Six clash of all time or the most boring Big Six clash since October, but little in the way of overt prickery from suspects usual or unusual. Sometimes, there's a man, well, he's the man for his time and place. And that's Danny Drinkwater, playing for Chelsea's Under-23s, hoofing a 16-year-old up in the air. Actual Premier League winner Danny Drinkwater, who now finds himself playing for Chelsea's Under-23s and on the receiving end of astonishing reducers from teenagers.
Booted 16-year-old Tottenham starlet Alfie Devine up in the air in an Under-23s game. Basically what's happened is that, in unprecedented scenes for any match between Tottenham and Chelsea, the Spurs youngsters have blown a two-goal lead and are now busy booting Chelsea players around the pitch. On a serious note, great to see a young Spurs side lead 2-0 at half-time only to lose 3-2. It's always pleasing when you can see a clear ethos, a demonstrable brand and philosophy, running through a club from the kids right up to the first team. One in the eye for those who said all that sort of stuff would fall by the wayside under Mourinho.
Young Alfie Devine absolutely scythes Drinkwater down in cartoonishly despicable fashion. Drinkwater does not take kindly to this harmless bit of youthful over-exuberance and promptly boots the offending child up in the air. Both are quite rightly sent off, but not before a 15-man melee erupts in which the real hero of the piece emerges in the form of another teenager, Chelsea's Myles Peart-Harris, who collects the ball and calmly basketballs it into the throng of furious bodies. Meanwhile, 73-year-old goalkeeper Petr Cech watches all the nonsense unfold from his goal – did we not mention Cech was playing? Yeah, he was playing – before eventually sighing and wearily dragging himself over towards the unfolding nonsense with some of the most powerful "I'm too old for this sh*t" energy we've ever witnessed. It's genuinely so long since we've seen Drinkwater that we can't even remember if this is out of character or not. This does appear to be his first red card since Leicester's title-winning season, but the obvious if mean caveat is that he hasn't played all that much football in the four years since. Certainly, we can find no previous evidence of Drinkwater hoofing children up in the air. You're already a 30-year-old Premier League winner playing with and against a load of teenagers. The fear for Drinkwater has to be that this sort of incident will leave him a forgotten outcast at Chelsea and unwanted by other football clubs. Tried to sit on a 1-0 lead at Crystal Palace, which was low-key prickery I guess, but it's small beer for the big man. Absolutely Everyone In The Entire World (very much us included) for relegating Fulham before a ball was kicked; Is Sheffield United absolutely twatting Spurs and Chelsea back-to-back in July and then taking one point from their next 15 Premier League games the work of a prick? Don't know, but it's definitely something; Patrice Evra absolutely stitching Thierry Henry right up on live television was also definitely something. Prick of the Week Hall of Fame Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater was sent off after kicking out at Tottenham Hotspur U23s' Alfie Devine on Monday night - starting a mass brawl. The 30-year-old was originally brought down by Devine with a horrific challenge that left him on the floor. Devine attempted to run away with the ball to continue the game, which was locked at 2-2, but Drinkwater had other ideas. He kicked out at the 16-year-old and it sparked unsavoury scenes between both sets of players. Danny Drinkwater absolutely scything down a child. Cech then reluctantly hobbling over like a man who believes he is just far too old for this kind of exertion on a Monday night. - Football Ramble (@FootballRamble) December 14, 2020 Both players were sent off for the incident. Drinkwater hasn't played for Chelsea's first team since August 2018 and has had unsuccessful loan spells at Burnley as well as Aston Villa. He won the Premier League with Leicester City in 2016, before sealing a £35 million move to Stamford Bridge the following year. Drinkwater went from playing a key part in a historic Leicester Premier League title win, to fighting u23 youth squads, what a decline man pic.twitter.com/aFz66FUFz6:clubs: (@AFCMax9) December 14, 2020 Danny Drinkwater has just been sent off for Chelsea's U23 team after kicking out at a 16-year-old If anyone was wondering what 30-year-old Danny Drinkwater is up to nowadays He's ust been sent off for Chelsea's under 23s after crunching a 16-year old... Drinkwater isn't in Frank Lampard's first-team plans and his contract is up next summer. "But I would hope to still see him and, hopefully, he would understand that for a year I needed to get my career sorted out again. "I need an anchor and I need to sort out one side of my life, so if I can sort my football out, even if it is abroad, then that will help in the long term.