Chesterfield caretaker boss Tommy Wright has revealed how pleased he was for youngster Jordan Bowery, after the Nottingham-born striker clinched a move to Premier League giants Aston Villa earlier today. The 21-year-old put pen to paper on a three-year deal for the Midlands club.
The striker has progressed through the youth ranks at the Proact Stadium, having made his debut way back in 2008 aged just 17 and he went on to make 102 appearances for the Spireites, scoring 17 goals. Bowery got off the mark after just two minutes in the 1-1 draw with local rivals Rotherham last week and has been courted by several top flight sides following his impressive performances in a struggling side last season.
And in spite of losing one of his youngest talents, new caretaker-manager Wright couldn't hide his delight when he was quizzed about the youngster's big money move.
"Everybody knows at the club what I thought of the kid," Wright conceded following his departure.
"I thought he had a lot of potential, I worked hard with him and we had a good relationship and it was nice to see him progress. It's nice to see him being linked with Premier League clubs, it's another positive aspect of this club.
"We've maybe got one or two other younger lads to come in and do well, and it's a credit to Dave Bentley and Julesy [Mark Jules] as well. You've got to bring players through at any club, even the top clubs."
Bowery follows in the footsteps of former Chesterfield product Kevin Davies, who scored 22 goals in 129 appearances before leaving the old Saltergate for Southampton. He spent just one season at the Dell, before moving to Blackburn for an astonishing £7.5million. Davies struggled at Ewood Park, however, and returned to the south coast before eventually settling at Bolton Wanderers where he scored 68 times in 319 appearances for the Trotters, earning himself a call up to the England senior squad in the process.
New Villa boss Paul Lambert has endured a difficult start to his tenure at Villa Park, having lost both Premier League fixtures so far as his side lie bottom of the table, but Wright is confident that Bowery has all the necessary attributes to repeat Davies' career and be a big hit for the former European Cup winners.
"What can I say about him really? He's a lovely lad, he works hard," added Wright.
"I've had to put my arms around him at times and cajole him - tell him who good he is - because sometimes I don't think he really believed what he has. But i'm not the only one, another Scotsman and a Premier League manager has seen something in him and we all know the financial implications are great for us, but it's great for him too. He's going to a great club with a great manager."