Former England defender Andy Hinchcliffe has tipped Jacob Butterfield to be a huge success at Derby County and praised the deal as one of the Championship's best on the final day of the transfer window in his Sky Sports column.
The former Sheffield Wednesday full-back sounded Butterfield out as the creative spark Derby could well need this season to win promotion, and admitted he had been told the 25-year-old is one of the top midfielders in the division.
''I speak a lot with Steve Eyre, who's a coach at Huddersfield, and I spoke to him about Jacob Butterfield,'' Hinchcliffe told Sky Sports. ''He told me that he's one of the four best midfield players in the Championship. That speaks volumes for me because there are a lot of good players of that type.
''It's absolutely certain that he's going to be a success - he has been already. This lad can really play. With the chances that he creates, that's what players like Chris Martin and Darren Bent are after. Butterfield could be the man to supply that. He just needs to get regular games.''
Butterfield joined Derby for a £4million fee on the last day of the window, as reported by the Derby Telegraph, and is almost certain to go straight into the Rams starting line-up despite the amount of competition for places.
Paul Clement's side have started the season in poor form, with creativity from the middle of the park being the team's biggest worry.
The impact of Will Hughes’ injury has been huge to Derby’s creative style and Clement will hope Butterfield can be the man to plug the gap, at least until the England under-21 midfielder returns.
If Butterfield can be the catalyst to getting the likes of Tom Ince, Darren Bent and Chris Martin on the scoresheet more often, then it will be deemed as an inspired signing by the East Midlands club as they look to win a place in the Premier League for next season.