By Paul Robinson

19th Jan, 2020 | 12:30pm

Exclusive: Robinson raves over 'Reignited' Aston Villa player who will become 'Huge asset'

Paul Robinson gushed about Aston Villa midfielder Danny Drinkwater following his performance in the 1-1 draw with Brighton.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the ex-England goalkeeper shared that he thought Drinkwater’s love for football has already been reignited at Villa.

The 29-year-old midfielder played 68 minutes of Saturday’s draw with the Seagulls after previously making his Villa debut in the 6-1 loss to Manchester City.

Robinson explained that Drinkwater may not be knocking it out the park from a footballing perspective currently due to not being 100% fit, but he backed the midfielder to become a huge asset for Dean Smith’s side.

When asked about Drinkwater barking orders at his teammates and showcasing a lot of passion on Saturday, Robinson told Football Insider: “He seems to have had his love of football reignited.

“He seems to have found his spirit after a difficult time at Burnley.

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“For a player of his experience and his age, I think he only played two games this season before joining Villa, so I think there was a lot a frustration on his part over it not working out for him at Burnley.

“And I think he’s relishing the challenge, he’s taken the bull by the horns, and he’s seeing it as a real challenge personally as well as a challenge to keep Villa in the Premier League.

“I don’t think he’s 100% fit which is more than understandable after his lack of game time in the last 12 months, but I think a fit Danny Drinkwater is going to be a huge asset to Aston Villa.”

Drinkwater recently joined the Villans on loan from Chelsea for the rest of the season, after having his loan spell at Premier League rivals Burnley cut short.

The English midfielder managed to make only two appearances for Sean Dyche’s side during his brief stint with them.

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