‘Very intelligent footballer’ – Chesterfield boss delighted with Imps starlet

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Chesterfield boss John Sheridan has been lavishing praise on Ellis Chapman after the youngster impressed in his first two outings for the Spireites.

Danny is looking for the 18-year-old to get 10 appearances under his belt in the National League and judging by the praise from Sheridan, that won’;t be a problem at all.

His side are embroiled in a relegation battle, with just two points separating them and Havant and Waterlooville in the final relegation spot.

It’s a tough situation for them to be in having dropped out of the league last year, but with versatility on his side as well as intelligence, it sounds as though Ellis will be a key figure in their upcoming fight.

Sheridan, who began the season managing Carlisle, has praised the youngster’s versatility having played him as a left wing back this weekend.

“His position is left midfield, he’d like to play in the middle of a three, that’s his preferred position and I know that,” Sheridan told the Derbyshire Times.

“I saw him when he was at Lincoln City and he played against us the other week. But because he’s so cultured and has a calmness about him in the way he plays, I wasn’t too concerned whether I played him left-back, left wing-back or left midfield. He can fill those areas.”

He also praised Ellis’ maturity and intelligence in the report.

“He’s got a very old head on his shoulders for a young player. He’s 18 but the way he speaks, the way he acts, the way he plays you’d think he was in his mid 20s. Very, very intelligent footballer.”

Ellis, who only turned 18 last month, has impressed for the Imps this season. Having made his debut last season in the EFL Trophy, he started against Bury in what we now know was a key promotion match. In total he has five league appearances to his name this season, as well as a cameo in the FA Cup against Everton.

Both of his outings for Chesterfield have resulted in victories. He made his first appearance for them in a 1-0 win against Halifax, before helping them overcome AFC Fylde this weekend in a shock 1-0 win.

He’s linked up with former Imps’ trialist Lee Shaw, who has bagged once for his current club in 21 outings.