Cedric Evina has been wrongly maligned since arriving at Doncaster Rovers according to Paul Dickov.
The left-sided wide man appeared to be firmly on the fringes at the club after losing his full back slot to loanee Enda Stevens for much of his first season at the club.
But the 23-year-old has gone through a renaissance during pre-season, impressing in a more advanced role on the left wing.
And boss Dickov says the Cameroonian remains part of his plans.
“I think Cedric gets slightly hard done by some times,” Dickov told the Star.
“He started the season very well for us last year.
“He made a mistake down at Bristol City which a lot of people got on his back for.
“It affected his confidence so we took him out.
“We put him back in for the Bradford game and he was outstanding but he picked up a really nasty injury which put him out again.
“In that time we had to go out and get Enda Stevens in who was a consistent performer for us.
“Cedric came back in at the end of the season and did very well for us.
“I think people were slightly harsh on Cedric. They look back to last season and that mistake.
“But I know what he’s capable of and definitely when playing one in front and on the wing because he did it for me at Oldham.”
Evina scored in the 2-0 win over Sunderland with a fine volley at the back post.
Dickov says Evina can hold his head up high after taking on board what he has asked hi wide players to do.
He said: “Cedric can have a go at all the wide players because when the ball is wide we want the opposite wide player getting in the box.
“We believe they can score plenty of goals from those positions. And fair play to Cedric for doing it.”