Zoumana Bakayogo has expressed his gratitude to former Tranmere boss John Barnes for bringing him to Prenton Park.
Barnes brought Bakayogo to Rovers, but was unable to play him before his sacking due to a delay, involving the English FA and French FA, over his international clearance.
Bakayogo, who joined Tranmere in September, finally made his debut against Stockport earlier this month and he has caught the eye for Rovers.
The former Paris St Germain defender has won man-of-the-match awards in his first two games for the club and he admits he is sorry that he is not able to play under Barnes after the Liverpool and England star took a chance on him.
"I was disappointed to see John Barnes get sacked as he was the one who brought me to Tranmere," Bakayogo told skysports.com.
"I owe John a lot as he took a chance on me by signing me and I wanted to repay his faith in me, but I was unable to do that because of problems with receiving my international clearance.
"I am delighted to be able to play for Tranmere and I am happy with my first two games.
"I just want to keep doing well and do my best for Tranmere."