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Drinkwater set for Cardiff loan switch

Posted by nickogs20 on July 7, 2010

Championship Play-Off finalists Cardiff City have reached an agreement with United for the season-long loan signing of Reds midfielder Danny Drinkwater.

The 20 year-old trained with the rest of the Bluebirds squad in Treforest this morning before the two clubs reached an accord later in the day, with Cardiff’s official site confirming a deal is in place. Assuming the move goes through (and Cardiff’s tax issues are thought to be holding it up for now), Drinkwater will spend the entire campaign in the Welsh capital, and he could be in line to make his first appearance for Dave Jones’ side in tomorrow’s pre-season friendly against Bath at Twerton Park.

Capped eight times by England at U19 level, Drinkwater spent all of last season on loan in League One with Huddersfield Town, where he struggled at first before coming into his own in the second half of the season as the Terriers qualified for the Play-Offs. The Manchester-born midfielder impressed with his ability on the ball and range of passing, and our canvassing of Huddersfield fans last month drew many comments suggesting he had the game to shine at a higher level.

Danny looks set to have the chance to show that now with Cardiff, much like friend and team-mate Tom Cleverley did last season with Watford, and if he can make the step up and adequately replace the departing Joe Ledley at the Cardiff City Stadium, the opportunity is there (along with Cleverley and Matt James) to make a serious case for first team consideration, especially with so many question marks over the future of United’s current set of senior midfielders.

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4 Responses to “Drinkwater set for Cardiff loan switch”

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  2. Chudi said

    How do you think this will play out in his development. Obviously the Championship is a step up from League 1 but I feel his up for it and if he can get a decent amount of games there it should do him the world of good

  3. nickogs20 said

    I think the step up will suit him. Championship football’s still pretty hectic but he should get a little bit more time on the ball there than in League One, better quality of teammates and I think that’ll bring the best out of him. Lot will depend on how he’s utilised though, needs someone with a bit of presence alongside him at this stage in his career.

  4. harts83 said

    Excellent move. He’s making forward steps which is all we can ask. I hope he scores a few.

    James or Drinkwater to score more? James to shade it for me.

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