'Ideal Merino replacement’: Some Newcastle fans want Chelsea's Danny Drinkwater

Newcastle fans celebrate the third goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea at St. James Park on May 13, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Newcastle United have lost Mikel Merino to Real Sociedad, and some fans would like to see a Chelsea midfielder arrive in his place.

Danny Drinkwater of Chelsea during The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Chelsea and Hull City at Stamford Bridge on February 16, 2018 in London, England.

You can’t blame Danny Drinkwater for wanting to seize what could have been his last chance to sign for a real giant of a club, to play Champions League football and fight for domestic silverware.

But Drinkwater’s dream move to Chelsea quickly turned into a nightmare. Just two years after winning the Premier League with Leicester City, the 28-year-old started just five games for the Stamford Bridge outfit and could hardly have been further away from England’s World Cup squad.

And reports in The Mail recently claimed that Chelsea are now keen to cash in on the former Manchester United man this summer, just one year after paying £30million for him.

Surprisingly, however, there hasn’t been a lot of speculation about a player who was seen almost as N’Golo Kante’s equal two summers ago. West Ham were linked back in April via The Telegraph but now appear to be targeting other midfielders with Drinkwater slipping out of the gossip columns.

Jonjo Shelvey of Newcastle United protects the ball from Danny Drinkwater of Chelsea during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Chelsea and Newcastle on January 28, 2018 in...

But it seems that the three-time England international would be welcomed at Newcastle United – at least by some supporters.

Drinkwater combines relentless work rate with excellent distribution, making him a perfect fit on paper for a Rafa Benitez midfield. He alongside Jonjo Shelvey or Ki Sung-Yueng would give Newcastle more than enough quality to challenge for another top 10 finish.

But if the deal was to happen, Chelsea would surely have to be willing to accept a massive loss on their £30 million man.

Newcastle fans celebrate the third goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea at St. James Park on May 13, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

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