Chesterfield’s latest recruit Alex Whitmore, believes that his new side can get something from the “huge” game against Yeovil Town at Huish Park tomorrow (3pm).
Whitmore joined the club on a permanent deal from Premier League side Burnley yesterday and even though he’s only been with the club for a day, he can feel the good vibe in the squad after last weekend’s 2-0 win over Luton Town.
He said: “Whether it be one or whether it be three, I would argue that we’re in a great position to go down there and pick up some points.
“The game against Luton did wonders for the lads’ confidence,” Whitmore added. “So I do believe we can get something from this game.”
Despite the fact that Chesterfield's league position, Whitmore said that manager Jack Lester didn’t even mention relegation when the two spoke about his move to the club.
“He only thinks about positivity," Whitmore said.
“He wants to breed winners. He didn’t come in and say ‘we’re struggling’ because that wasn’t even on his mind, which shows just what sort of character he is as a man and where he wants this club to be.”
Reflecting on his own game, the no-nonsense defender spoke about the rarity of traditional defenders these days, with more of an emphasis placed on passing.
“In the academies you get a lot of small, quick strikers but in league football you come across big strikers – the ones that will give you an elbow, that will push you about,” he explained. “And you have to learn to deal with that. But that’s what I prefer, I enjoy the battles.”
Whitmore also said that as a young defender growing up, he modelled himself on the former Chelsea and now Aston Villa centre half John Terry.
“He’s one of those old-fashioned English centre-halves that’ve played the game for years. He’s the epitome of defending," he asserted. “If you asked him what type of defender he was, he’d probably say he was basic too. But it served him alright for his career. If I could have a third of the career he had, I’ll be a happy man.”
The centre-back says he’s happy to have signed a permanent deal, after moving out on loan four times in the past three years.
The 22-year-old has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract, which keeps him at the club until 2020.
“I’m at an age now where I think it’s right for me to settle down, try and break in and be a regular first-team member somewhere rather than darting here, there and everywhere,” he added.