Fulham midfielder Kieran Richardson has the potential to make left-back his best position, says Fulham boss Martin Jol.
Richardson, who netted a 90th minute equaliser at Blackpool on Tuesday night, was surprisingly used as a full-back against Wigan on Saturday, rather than the out-of-favour John Arne Riise or Matthew Briggs, who was carrying a slight knock.
It was a position Richardson played in for Sunderland at times, but reportedly without the enthusiasm he has for the midfield roles he normally takes.
Yet Fulham's boss is convinced left-back could be the way forward for the former Manchester United and England player.
"He said when he was at his previous club that he didn't like the position, but from what I've seen of him, I think he's the perfect left-back," Jol said.
"He's quick and he doesn't back off.
"I had a couple of conversations with him, and he enjoyed it because he said over here he can play it in a more offensive style, and he feels better about it now.
"I always try to get the best out of my players and I feel that, at the moment, it is probably his best position."
It was only a few weeks ago that Jol suggested Richardson was under-achieving and lacking fitness, but Fulham's manager was pleased with what he saw in the player against Wigan.
He added: "I feel that he was disappointed with himself before, so I'm happy for him now that he finds his form, that he's more confident now."