It was a resounding "why?" It could be a result of inflated expectations, a fickle attitude, a predisposition to disliking the club's decisions, or something as simple as not understanding the move.
Butterfield is still very young at 22 years old and had suffered a major knee injury about a year ago. Before that, he was far and away one of Barnsley's best players. In a Q&A with Football League blog the Two Unfortunates (that you should read), this is how Jacob Butterfield was described:
"Butterfield is proving himself as a valuable Championship talent, who still has much more potential to develop in his game, especially defensively
"He is perhaps listening to his own hype a little bit too much, although his stock has risen, it's based on limited experience. He would do well to remain at Barnsley FC or at another Championship club for a good year or two in my opinion as the Premier League is too big a leap."
Yet, when Bolton's official Facebook page made the announcement of the signing, this is how Butterfield's presence was greeted: