Chris Powell assures Derby they have a special player in Jacob Butterfield

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Butterfield has failed to make Darren Wassall's last two starting line-ups.

He may have been consigned to the bench during Derby County's last two Championship matches but the Rams have a special player on their hands in Jacob Butterfield, according to the midfielder's former boss.

Chris Powell was still in charge of Huddersfield when Butterfield left for the iPro Stadium last summer, and coaxed five goals and six assists from him last term.

The 25-year-old, for whom Derby paid £4million according to the Derby Telegraph, has found the net on seven occasions this term, but the return to action of Craig Bryson and Will Hughes' improving fitness have left his place in the team in doubt.

Powell, though, has assured the Rams that Butterfield will do well in the East Midlands.

"Jacob was a real special player for me in my time at Huddersfield," the former Derby left-back said, as quoted by the Telegraph.

"I have said it on record, he is one of the best players I have ever managed, a real talented boy. He will be good here at Derby."

Powell, who was sacked by Huddersfield in November, had a busy Easter weekend, turning out in the Testimonials of Derby defender Shaun Barker and West Ham midfielder Mark Noble.

The 46-year-old spent two years as a Ram between 1996 and 1998, before moving on to Charlton Athletic, whom he later managed.

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