At 33 years old, Danny Drinkwater has this physical status:
Born in Manchester, Drinkwater joined the Manchester United academy at the age of nine and progressed through the ranks before landing a trainee job in July 2006. Drinkwater made 27 appearances and scoring two goals in his first season with the Manchester United under-18 team. In a 5–2 Premier Reserve League win over Wigan Athletic, he got his first glimpse of reserve team action of the season. Drinkwater maintained his spot in the under-18s team throughout the season while increasing his involvement in the reserves. Drinkwater appeared in the Lancashire Senior Cup final against Liverpool on July 31, 2008, as a 56th-minute replacement for Rodrigo Possebon before scoring the winning goal three minutes from full time. Drinkwater made 18 appearances and appeared on the scoresheet twice in the 2008-09 season.
He was called up to the Manchester United first team for their dead rubber league match against Hull City on May 24, 2009. He was placed on the bench but did not go to the field, but not to the field.
Drinkwater joined Huddersfield Town on loan from August 14 to gain first-team experience. In a 3–1 victory over Southampton at home, Gary Roberts made his debut for the club the next day, in his 72nd minute. His first goal for Huddersfield came three days later in a 7-1 home victory over Brighton & Hove Albion, five minutes after being admitted as a 64th-minute replacement. In a 1–0 loss at Bristol Rovers on Sunday, he made his debut for Huddersfield.
Manchester United's chairman, Drinkwater, decided to have a season-long loan spell at Cardiff City on July 8, 2010. Cardiff said the transfer would be complete after the transfer embargo had been lifted. The move was finally confirmed on August 6, 2010, after the embargo had been lifted. In their 1–1 home draw with Sheffield United on the first day of the 2010–11 Football League season, Drinkwater made his competitive debut two days later in their 1–1 home draw.
Despite the loan being hoped to last the entire season, Manchester United recalled Drinkwater from Cardiff on January 25. Drinkwater made 12 appearances during his time in Cardiff, nine of whom were in the Championship.
Just three days after returning to Manchester United, Drinkwater joined Watford on loan until the end of the season.
On August 23, 2011, Drinkwater joined Barnsley on loan until January 2, 2012, which was later extended to 30 June 2012. He made 17 Championship appearances for the Tykes, scoring in a 5–3 loss at his former club Cardiff on October 22nd.
Drinkwater came from Manchester United in January 2012 for an undisclosed fee.
He was also one of three players chosen for the Championship Player of the Year Award in December 2013 after being named Monthly Player of the Month. After winning the Premier League after winning the Championship, Drinkwater had his best year as a professional, scoring seven goals and being named to the PFA Championship Team of the Year alongside colleagues Kasper Schmeichel and Wes Morgan. For the first time in ten years, Drinkwater signed a new four-year contract with Leicester on June 17, 2014 after assisting the Foxes in winning promotion to the Premier League for the first time in ten years.
Drinkwater dominated the Premier League in 2015–16, alongside his midfield partners N'Golo Kanté, Marc Albrighton, and Riyad Mahrez. He scored his first top-flight goal on January 23, 2016, putting the King Power Stadium ahead by 3–0 over Stoke City.
Drinkwater signed a letter on August 25, 2016, promising to remain with the club until 2021.
Drinkwater joined Chelsea on a five-year deal on September 1, 2017, for a £35 million fee. He made his debut in the EFL Cup's last 16 hours on October 25th, defeating Everton by a thigh injury that had ruled him out earlier. In a 1–1 draw against Liverpool at Anfield on Friday, Drinkwater got off to a slow start in the Premier League for the first time in his career in the Premier League. Chelsea defeated Stoke City 5–0 in their first and only goal on December 30th, a well-executed half volley. He made 22 appearances in all competitions, including four in the Blues' triumphant FA Cup campaign. However, because of his injury, Drinkwater was unable to participate in the final against his old club Manchester United.
Drinkwater made no league appearances at all during the 2018-2019 season, with the arrival of new manager Maurizio Sarri. His only appearance in all competitions was during the 2018 FA Community Shield against Manchester City in August 2018.
On August 8, 2019, Burnley's drinkwater contract was up until 2020, on loan until January 6th. In a 3–1 EFL Cup loss to Sunderland on August 28, he made his Burnley debut on August 28th.
He was reportedly assaulted outside a nightclub on August 31, resulting in injury and two weeks out of action. In a 4–1 loss to Manchester City, he did not make his league debut until December 3rd. After that game, Drinkwater was unable to return to the team, and Burnley boss Sean Dyche confirmed on January 3rd that Burnley will not renew his loan and will return to Chelsea.
Drinkwater signed for Aston Villa on loan until the end of the 2019-20 season on January 7th, 2020. Dean Smith, the Aston Villa owner, watched the Drinkwater train with the team before confirming his loan agreement. Smith was confident that Drinkwater had solved the problems that had affected his previous loan, so he was prepared to provide cover for the injured John McGinn. Following an altercation with teammate Jota, in which Drinkwater allegedly ordered a headbutt at the player, Drinkwater was told to leave Aston Villa's training ground on March 11th.
ESPN named Drinkwater's transfer to Chelsea as the second worst transfer in Premier League history in May, after only Ali Dia's transfer to Southampton. Drinkwater did not have a squad number for the 2020–21 season, with his former number 6 being assigned to new signing Thiago Silva. In an interview with The Telegraph in September 2020, Drinkwater discussed his off-field issues and said he wanted to return to work, as well as the possibility of playing abroad.
Drinkwater signed for Turkish club Kasmpaşa on loan until the end of the season on January 18th, 2021. On February 28, he made his debut as a replacement against Göztepe.
On the 30th of August 2021, Drinkwater joined Reading on loan until the end of the season. In a 3–2 victory over Swansea City on November 27, he scored his first goal for the club against Swansea City on November 27, 2021.
Chelsea announced on June 10th that Drinkwater would leave the club when his deal came to an end at the end of June.
On October 11, 2022, Drinkwater joined stanbul Başakşehir FK on a free transfer.
In England's 2–0 victory over Ghana, where he scored his second goal of the game, Drinkwater made his debut for the England under-18 team. In a 2–0 victory over Austria, his second under-18 cap was in his second under-18 cap.
Between 2008 and 2009, he also appeared for the England Under-19s. On October 8, 2008, he made his first appearance in their match against Albania. On August 2, 2009, his last match for the England under 19s came against Ukraine.
On March 17, 2016, he was called up to the full England squad for the first time, ahead of friendlies against Germany and the Netherlands. He made his debut 12 days later in the last match, a 2–1 loss at Wembley Stadium in which he was man of the match. Drinkwater was included in Roy Hodgson's 26-man provisional squad for UEFA Euro 2016, but was one of three players disqualified for the final selection, but was one of three players.