BARNSLEY keeper Luke Steele believes the club’s new skipper, Jacob Butterfield, is maturing into an excellent professional.
Butterfield has started the season in sparkling fashion, has relished the responsibility of being captain and is joint top scorer with Andy Gray at Oakwell with three goals.
Butterfield was predominantly used as an impact substitute under former manager Mark Robins and was asked to specifically improve the defensive side of his game.
And last season the 21-year-old midfielder had his fair share of problems, notably when he was charged with drink-driving and banned from driving for a year.
But new Oakwell manager Keith Hill is giving Butterfield the chance to show just how good he is.
“He (Jacob) needs to have the gun,” Hill said. “While he’s in the form that he’s in, his future is bright.”
It’s a view shared by Steele who, having also started his career at Manchester United like Butterfield, can see the development of the club’s youngest ever skipper. “In the last few years he’s done well, but he’s been in and out of the game a lot,” Steele said.