A few years ago, Danny Drinkwater was the toast of English football.
The midfielder had helped Leicester do the impossible and win the Premier League, with his relationship with Jamie Vardy playing a key role in lifting the title.
Since then, things have gone wrong. A £35 million move to Chelsea was disastrous, and a loan move to Burnley failed to revitalise his career.
Drinkwater is now set to return to Stamford Bridge, with the Telegraph reporting earlier last week that the Magpies had considered a move for the 29-year-old.
The report claimed that Newcastle had looked at the possibility of signing him on loan, but Steve Bruce was concerned by Drinkwater’s lack of first-team football.
And hopefully the Magpies’ woeful form and need for extra quality in midfield isn’t enough to convince Bruce to change his mind.
Drinkwater is exactly what we don’t need. He’s no better than Sean Longstaff. We need midfielders who are going to create chances and the Chelsea man is not that.
While we do need signings this month, we can’t afford to be desperate. Signing a player like Drinkwater would be a sign of exactly that.