Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean is confident Aberdeen defender Myles Anderson has the potential to be a success at Ewood Park.
Anderson has agreed a two-year contract to join Rovers in the summer, but the move has created controversy as he is the son of agent Jerome Anderson, who is an advisor to Rovers owners Venky's.
The 20-year-old has only made one brief substitute's appearance for Aberdeen after joining Craig Brown's side after a brief trial at Motherwell.
He also played for Blackburn in a pre-season friendly last summer, but Kean has no qualms about adding Anderson to his squad for next season.
Kean feels Anderson could emerge along the same lines as Manchester United's Chris Smalling, who less than three years ago was playing for non-league Maidstone United.
"We feel that Myles Anderson is a player with great potential as a late developer," Kean told the Lancashire Telegraph.
"He could become something of a Chris Smalling who came through late in football and Myles has done the same because of his schooling.
"We think he has a lot of potential but there was the opportunity for him to go to Scotland in January and we and he felt that would be a good experience for him.
"There was interest in him from a couple of Spanish clubs but he is our player and will be at our club full time in July."
Aberdeen manager Brown, who brought in Anderson in January, said he always expected the defender to make the move to Ewood Park at the end of the season.
Brown told the Press and Journal: "He was signed as cover and it was always his intention to go to Blackburn."