Blackburn Rovers boss Steve Kean has been forced to defend the signing of Myles Anderson, the son of agent Jerome Anderson, who is an advisor to Rovers owners Venkys.
The 20-year-old defender previously had a trial with Rovers last summer, making a 13-minute substitute appearance in a 3-0 victory at Southport, before moving on to train with Motherwell ahead of his short-term deal with Aberdeen.
"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 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."
Anderson's late arrival in the professional game was due to his desire to successfully finish his education.