Tommy Lee believes Joe Rowley is on course for a big future if the youngster continues to train hard and play with no fear.
The Spireites stopper returned to the pitch after an injury lay-off on Saturday and had one of the best views in the house as Rowley put in another impressive display in a 2-2 draw.
Rowley gave Carlisle real problems every time he ran with the ball and came agonisingly close to a late winner when he ran from his own half and saw his dinked effort palmed over by Cumbrians stopper Jack Bonham.
Speaking after the game, Lee – who himself became a professional footballer at Manchester United – was keen to talk up Rowley as an exciting talent. Let’s build him up, he’s a fantastic player,” said the 31-year-old.
“He’s more than good enough to play at this level, I think you saw he was the best player on the pitch for us (on Saturday), probably the best player on the pitch.
“He’s a fantastic young player and he couldn’t ask for a better manager or coaching staff to develop him.”
Rowley broke into the first team under Gary Caldwell towards the end of the 2016/17 season and started the final seven games.
A broken collar bone sustained in the pre-season tour in Portugal kept him out of the current campaign.
But since coming back into the side in Jack Lester’s second game in charge, he’s been a permanent fixture in the starting XI.
Lee says joining a dressing room that features some vastly experienced fully grown men hasn’t been a problem for the 18-year-old.
And should he carry on working hard both in and out of games, the goalkeeper predicts big things for Rowley.
“You’d think he’d been doing it for a long time, he just gets on with his job,” said Lee.
“He’s not fazed by anything, on the training pitch every day he gets at it, he’s got the exuberance of youth which you’d expect but he plays with no fear and if he keeps doing what he’s been doing he’s only going to go in one direction.”