Portsmouth boss Tony Adams has tipped Younes Kaboul to be a long-term successor to Sol Campbell after admitting he was played out of position when he first arrived at the club.
Kaboul, who arrived at Fratton Park in the summer from Tottenham, was thrust into a midfield role on his debut against Chelsea.
Adams concedes the Frenchman was unfairly treated by former boss Harry Redknapp and he believes Kaboul has a bright future ahead of him in Portsmouth's defence.
"We messed about with him a little," said Adams. "I think it was unfair to play Kaboul in midfield at Chelsea on the first day of the season.
"Sometimes that used to stick in Harry's head, a performance like that.
"To be fair to the kid he's got fitter and stronger. He's gone in at centre-back and I think that is his best position.
"He's athletic, quick and strong in the air - he's got it all and could be a big player for us in the future.
"I don't see why one day Kaboul can't replace Sol."