NEW Millwall left back Fede Bessone knows he faces a difficult task to dislodge Scott Malone from Ian Holloway's starting XI.
The 30-year-old is eager to play regular football after making just five senior appearances in the past two years, but accepts he is likely to be Malone's understudy.
And Bessone hopes his experience will rub off on Malone, eight years his junior.
"I like both full backs," he said. "I watched the Bolton game and they performed really well. Scott is quick, strong and comfortable with the ball.
"You need young players with energy and enthusiasm. I'm here to help with my experience – and he can help me as well because he knows the club better than me.
"At the end of the day we are a team – you fight for your place, but I am a teammate and I will help Scott if I can. He's a very good left back."
Bessone sounded out fellow Spaniard and Blackpool star Angel Martinez before putting pen-to-paper on short-term deal at The Den.
He said: "I've never worked with Holloway before but I used to play with Angel at Espanyol and he played under him at Blackpool.
"I like to know where I am going so, before I signed for Millwall, I spoke with Angel, and he said positive things.
"He told me Holloway is a passionate manager who loves to keep the ball and score goals. He has a Spanish style and that's good for me.
"It is great to find a manager who wants to play in the right way, in the way I have been playing all my life at Barcelona, Espanyol and Swansea.
"Hearing that made my decision very easy."
When asked about Bessone's arrival, Holloway added: "My two full backs are running on empty. I've never seen anybody run up and down the field like they do – both are fantastic.
"I really like Bessone and he's trained fantastically well. He is wonderful on the ball and he'll give us a bit of calmness. I also think he could tuck in as a left-sided centre back as well.
"I don't think Mark Beevers really likes left back, and Shane Lowry is a centre half in my opinion – I wouldn't play him on the left unless it was an emergency."