Derby make bid for Huddersfield midfielder
Paul Clement’s search for a temporary replacement for Will Hughes continues, after Hughes’ picked up a six-month injury last week. Clement made a loan bid for Spurs’ Alex Pritchard but their bid was rejected due to Pritchard’s first team duties. But reports have emerged linking Jacob Butterfield to a move to the iPro Stadium.
Butterfield spent his youth career at Manchester United and Barnsley, he spent seven years at Barnsley before moving to Norwich City on a free due to an expired contract, but Barnsley received compensation. It is fair to say that Butterfield’s time at Norwich was not a success, he only appeared two times for Norwich and that was in the League Cup, he spent most of his time loaned out to other clubs, He then moved to Middlesbrough. Finally, Butterfield moved to Huddersfield from Middlesbrough in 2014, he was part of a swap deal with Adam Clayton. Butterfield had a superb first season and picked up Huddersfield’s Player of the Season award.
Butterfield seems to have found a club where he can play regularly and perform well, he’s appeared for Huddersfield more times than all of his previous five clubs, excluding Barnsley. Huddersfield will have a fight on their hands to fend off Derby’s interest, the Rams will be desperate to bring in midfield players. But Butterfield has first hand experience that it sometimes does not work at clubs and he is only into his second year of his four year contract.
Clement has already managed to bring in seven players in this window, Andreas Weimann the most notable of them. Clement will have a job to convince a settled Butterfield to move away from Huddersfield.