Former Premier League striker praises impact of Leicester midfielder

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Craig Bellamy says that midfielder Danny Drinkwater has had a significant influence on Leicester City's rise to the top of the Premier League table.

 

Craig Bellamy has told Goals on Sunday, broadcast on February 28 at 11.15am, that he hasn't been surprised with the performances of Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater.

 

The 25-year-old is one of many Foxes players who have contributed to the club moving to the top of the Premier League table, with yesterday's 1-0 victory over Norwich City taking them five points clear of Tottenham Hotspur.

 

The goalscoring exploits of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez have received most of the plaudits this campaign, but Bellamy has pointed to how Drinkwater has played alongside N'Golo Kante.

 

Bellamy trained regularly with Drinkwater at Cardiff City in 2010-11 when Manchester United allowed him to gain first-team experience at the Bluebirds, and the Welshman has commented on one of the former England Under-19 international's best attributes.

 

The 36-year-old said: "For me, the best thing about Drinkwater is his body position. His body position allows him to play the ball forward with his second touch. The way he receives the ball is high quality.

"I was lucky enough to play with him for a few months at Cardiff. He had come through the Manchester United youth system, he was schooled well. He is a very intelligent footballer and we have seen that this season."

Drinkwater first linked up with Leicester midway through the 2011-12 campaign, and has gone to score 12 times in 165 games at the King Power Stadium.

As far as this season is concerned, Drinkwater has netted just once in 27 outings in all competitions, but he has featured in all but two of the East Midlands outfit's fixtures in the Premier League.

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