Chris Sutton sends blunt message to Chelsea signing about impressing Antonio Conte

The Chelsea legend tells Danny Drinkwater that he missed a great chance to impress Antonio Conte

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte Photo: The Sport Review

Chris Sutton has told Danny Drinkwater that he wasted a great opportunuty to impress Chelsea manager Antonio Conte during the international break.

The England international has endured a frustrating start to his Chelsea career after he moved to the defending Premier League champions in a £35m deal from Leicester City on transfer deadline day.

Drinkwater has struggled with a troublesome calf injury to limit his playing time at Stamford Bridge despite Chelsea’s inconsistent form in the Premier League and the Champions League.

The 27-year-old made his first Premier League appearance as a late substitute in Chelsea’s 1-0 win at Bournemouth last month before he came off the bench against AS Roma and Manchester United.

Drinkwater is still waiting to make his full debut for the title holders ahead of Chelsea’s next Premier League game at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday 18 November.

England boss Gareth Southgate looked to call up Drinkwater to his Three Lions squad for their friendlies against Germany and Brazil over the next week.

However, Drinkwater turned down the Three Lions boss in favour of working on his fitness at the defending Premier League champions.

But ex-Chelsea striker Sutton told Drinkwater that he missed the ideal chance to impress Conte in some big England friendlies.

“There is stiff competition in midfield at Chelsea, but had Drinkwater shone against quality opposition — Germany on Friday night and Brazil on Tuesday — he could have forced his way into Antonio Conte’s thinking,” Sutton told the Daily Mail.

“Now, Conte will only be able to judge him in Under 23 matches or League Cup ties.”

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