Michael Carrick says he had no doubts that his friend and former team-mate Joe Cole would prove himself at Chelsea.
Michael knows the prodigious midfielder better than most having come through the ranks with him at West Ham.
They eventually played together in the Hammers' first team between from 1999 until 2003 when the Upton Park outfit were relegated and Cole moved to Chelsea.
England international Cole spent much of his time on the bench in his first season at Stamford Bridge but appears to have impressed new boss Jose Mourinho this term and started the last four matches.
"I had no doubts about Joe," said Michael, frustratingly sidelined at the moment with an ankle injury. "He's just had his ups and downs, found it difficult last year but now he's showing what he can do.
"He has so much quality and I always believed he would get in the team.
"Last season was hard for him, there was a lot of rotation, a lot of changes at the club but this season they have more of a settled team and he'll benefit from that. He's got more of a free role, getting forward more and that will be good for him."
Joe is one of three former team-mates of Michael's at Stamford Bridge - Frank Lampard is now seen a mainstay of England's midfield after a superb couple of seasons at Chelsea while Glen Johnson has suffered with the arrival of Paulo Ferreira.
Michael added: "Johno hasn't had much of a look in this season but he's still young, had a fantastic season last season and got himself in the England squad.
"Joe is established in the team now and is doing well this season and Frank has gone onto bigger and better things, an England regular and one of the first on Sven's team sheet at the moment."