Drinkwater’s thirst for action

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DANNY Drinkwater has not ruled out extending his loan deal with Barnsley, but for the time being is fully focused on maintaining the high standards which have made him a favourite with the club’s supporters.

“I’m starting to show what I can do. I probably put that down to the gaffer [Keith Hill] and Flicker [David Flitcroft]. They’ve helped me settle in, know how to treat me and get the best out of me,” Drinwkater told The Star.

“I’m at the club until the start of January, so we’ll have to see what happens about my loan. I’m not looking into that at the moment. I just want to take every game as it comes. Nearer the time we’ll have to look at things then.”

The Manchester United midfielder, whose loan deal expires on January 2, has impressed on numerous occasions since his arrival from Old Trafford, most notably because of the blossoming partnership he has struck up with skipper Jacob Butterfield.

Butterfield knew Drinkwater from his own time at Manchester United before he made the move to Oakwell trying to secure regular football.

And for 21-year-old Drinkwater that midfielder partnership can only get better and better.

“Butts is a good player. He plays above me and we’ve struck up a good partnership where I can feed him the ball when he needs it,” added Drinwkater.

“Butts fully deserves his [England Under-21] call-up. He works hard in training and shows the ability he’s got in games.

“But it’s been a good a team to settle into, it was easy for me to find my feet. The lads welcomed me in and I’ve just enjoyed doing the best I can this season.”

Unfortunately for Drinwkater, who has also had loan spells with Huddersfield Town, Cardiff City and Watford, he’ll be banned for the Reds’ next game, at home to Doncaster Rovers on Saturday November 19.

The accumulation of five yellow cards means Drinkwater will be suspended for that match, albeit the return of Jim O’Brien from suspension - and potentially the return of Danny Haynes, Goran Lovre and Reuben Noble-Lazarus from injury - will go a long way to softening the blow for Keith Hill’s team.

“I’m banned for that [Doncaster] game, which is a shame, but I’m really confident the lads can get a good result from that match at home,” said Drinkwater.

“We’ve played well this season in a lot of matches, but we do need to start scoring a few more goals.

“We created a lot of chances against Brighton, but we should be scoring more, to be honest.”