A knee injury ruled Assou-Ekotto out four months earlier this season and during that time youngster Naughton was given the opportunity to deputise in the Cameroon international's place.
However, Assou-Ekotto has insisted that it is only a matter of time before he is back in the team because he believes that Naughton "is not a real left-back".
"I am not worried about that because obviously I can do stuff with my left foot that [Naughton] can't do," the London Evening Standard quotes Assou-Ekotto as saying. "He is not a real left-back and I do not think he has the same left foot as me, so I am not worried about that."
Assou-Ekotto came on as a substitute for Naughton during Sunday's 1-1 draw with Manchester United and went on to play a part in his team's equalising goal.