Jacob gains from learning defensive craft

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BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill is confident midfielder Jacob Butterfield can blossom into an even better player.

Butterfield bagged his first goal of the season on Saturday as the Reds gave Leicester City a real run for their money.

Hill said of the 21-year-old: “Jacob needs to keep developing, but if keeps working hard and being professional then he can be a roaring success” Hill said. “He’s not the end product yet, but he knows that and wants to keep developing.

“If he works as hard as someone like David Perkins for example then there’s no reason why he can’t as successful as he wants to be.”

Butterfield has played in all seven of the Reds’ matches this season. In previous seasons the former Manchester United youngster has been used as an impact substitute, but has drawn criticism from previous managers a weakness in the defensive side of his game.

But Hill added: “It’s an easy get-out-of-jail card to say he’s attack-minded, but I think it’s dawning with Jacob that he’s got a role in the team and if he works hard in that structure everyone can be successful.

“Unless you’re willing to take part in defensive duties, then you can never be the complete player. Jacob’s working on his game, but he’s no different to the rest of the squad.

“The players have been great with us, they’ve embraced us and what we’re trying to do.

n Jay McEveley has been made available for loan. The 26 year old left back has struggled to nail down a regular spot with new signing James McNulty Hills’ preferred option.