'Is he in a strange place?' - Exclusive: Whelan reacts to Aston Villa controversy
Danny Drinkwater is responsible for adding to his own problems at Aston Villa following his training ground bust-up with teammate Jota, according to Noel Whelan.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Whelan suggested that the Chelsea loanee has plenty of talent, but is not expressing himself in the right ways at Villa Park.
The 30-year-old was sent home from training earlier in the week following what the BBC report was a bust-up with his Spanish colleague, leading to some uncertainty over his future in the Midlands.
And Whelan believes that his disruptive streak could prove to be an issue for the Villans.
When asked by Football Insider if Drinkwater is finished at Villa Park, Whelan said: “That’s the million dollar question, isn’t it?
“Obviously, they’ve brought him in for a reason, because of what he’s got and his attributes, but it has been quite a turbulent season for him – not just at Aston Villa either. This has now added to the problems that he was trying to overcome in the first place.
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“Look, I love passion on the training ground, I really do. I love people caring, but at the minute, Villa need solidarity, You can’t be having players at each others’ throats and bringing more attention onto the club in a negative way.
“I’m not sure, is he in a bit of strange place? Whether the season has taken its toll on him. He seems very frustrated, and he’s showing it in the wrong ways.”
Drinkwater has struggled to make an impact for Villa since arriving on loan from Chelsea in January, registering just four appearances in the Premier League.
The ex-Leicester City man also spent the first half of the season on loan at Burnley, managing just two outing in all competitions.
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