Plymouth Argyle manager Derek Adams says he is impressed by the way captain Curtis Nelson is leading the side.
The 22-year-old centre-back has been an ever-present this season, with the Pilgrims four points clear at the top of League Two.
"Should he really be captain? Probably not because of his age," Adams said.
"But he's been able to handle that very well, he's a good communicator and it's something that's probably added to his game," Adams told BBC Radio Devon.
Nelson made his debut in 2010 and has played 210 games for Plymouth.
He was part of the side which was relegated from League One in 2011 and the team that almost got relegated out of the Football League after financial troubles hit Home Park, as well as the side which made the League Two play-off semi-finals last season.
"He's only a young boy, but he has had experience of being at this football club for many years," added Adams, who took over as Argyle manager in the summer.
"He's played a lot of games and he knows how the football club works. That helps the new players coming into the squad and it helps the players that are here already.
"It's always important that you have people in and around the football club that know the tradition, know where the club's been and where it wants to go to."