CHESTERFIELD youth manager Dave Bentley says he sees similarities between father and son with his left winger Jack Waddle.
The Chesterfield youngster and son of former Owls wing wizard Chris has played a big part in Bentley’s side becoming Football League Youth Alliance champions this season.
Like his dad, Waddle, 17, plays down the wing and is left footed.
Although Bentley reckons all his youngsters are a year off being ready to step into John Sheridan’s first team, he admits that there are striking similarities between Waddle senior and junior.
He told The Star: “There are loads of mannerisms between the two. When he first came in, Jack was a bit leggy but he’s grown a bit now and he’s our most reliable player in that he doesn’t give the ball away much.”
Bentley also feels Waddle junior has the attributes to play as a striker in the future.
He added: “Jack is a very level headed lad and he understands the pressure that is going to be on him because of who his dad is.”
Bentley recently sealed his third title as youth boss of the Spireites with a 2-0 win over Scunthorpe.
Strikers Jacob Hazel, son of former Owls and Rotherham winger Des, and Jordan Burrow have been a crucial part of their success, plundering over 40 goals between them this season.