Norwich City signing Jacob Butterfield keen to show Premier League worth
New signing Jacob Butterfield has no fears about his ability to make an impact in the Premier League with Norwich City.
Manager Chris Hughton's second summer capture is looking forward to working with his new team-mates when the Canaries resume training on Monday – and believes he will fit in nicely. Butterfield, 22, signed a four-year deal with City after leaving Championship club Barnsley when his contract ran out, and is confident it is the right career move.
'Norwich play good football and after a few conversations with the new gaffer, it just felt right and felt like a good step to make in my career at this stage,' he said.
'The way the gaffer sees me fitting into this team – and they are good footballers that are already here – I just think I'll fit in well so it seemed like the right decision to make.
'I know a few of the lads. I know Ryan Bennett from England Under-21s and Korey Smith came on loan to Barnsley and most of the lads have recently been in the Championship, so I've played against a lot of them. They're all good players and I'll be looking forward to playing with them this time.
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'There are good footballers here, good young players who have come from a similar background, I suppose.
'I've always felt I was good enough to play in the Premier League and I'm just delighted it's all been sorted now. I'm just really looking forward to getting on the pitch and showing everyone what I can do next season.'
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Butterfield said all along he would leave Barnsley only for a top-flight club, but did not have to wait long for the opportunity.
'There's been speculation on my future pretty much all last season, and it's been well documented there's been a lot of interest in me and there have been a lot of decisions to make,' he said.
'Once I found out about the interest from Norwich and meeting with the manager, then it was a pretty easy decision to make and I'm confident I've made the right move.'
Butterfield's versatility and eye for goal appeals to Hughton and he scored five times in the first half of last season before a knee injury cut short his campaign in December.
'I think I had most shots in the league until I got injured last season,' said Butterfield.
'Yes, I like to have a shot at goal, I'm a two-footed player, creative. I like to express myself and I'm quite unpredictable, and I think I'm the type of player the fans will enjoy watching. Technically, very good, and yes, I like to have a pop at goal from distance.
'I mostly like to play central, but I've played wide and as a defensive midfielder. My best position is probably in behind the striker where I can be creative and have an impact, creating and scoring goals – that's probably my best position, but I'm quite versatile.'
Butterfield has been given the surgeon's all-clear to resume normal training, so will not be too far behind his new colleagues in their pre-season preparations.
Hughton earmarked Butterfield for a bright future after watching him play against his Birmingham side last season.
'What we have in Jacob is a young man of undoubted ability, but certainly a good age to continue to develop,' said Hughton.
'I've seen Jacob over a few years and he's a player who can play in a few positions, but I think it's a good time for him – he's shown his quality over the period of time he's been at Barnsley and this is a wonderful opportunity for him.
'He is a player of a quality that can score goals, but also he has a wonderful ability to link play as well and having seen him, particularly last season at Barnsley and the way they played and the fact he doesn't have a fear factor of getting on the ball, I think that's an asset.
'In my last job we were on the end of a result and performance (against Barnsley).
'I knew about the qualities of Jacob before that, but if I needed reminding, he gave a very good performance at St Andrew's when he scored.
'Once the opportunity came around to think about the prospect of bringing him in, it was one we couldn't turn down.'