Martin Allen has tipped Joe Rowley to become a future captain of Chesterfield Football Club.
The 19-year-old has become a first team regular under Allen, who had planned to send him out on loan earlier this season.
Speaking after Saturday's 0-0 draw at home to Havant and Waterlooville, Allen sang the praises of his young midfielder.
"Rowley is a quality player," said the boss.
"Sometimes defensively he needs to do a bit better, in the final third."
Allen says looks are deceiving with Rowley.
The manager sees something in the teenager that could make him a leader for the club further down the line.
"He weren't happy with some of the things that happened to him last year, but as a person off the field he might look meek and mild, but when I speak to him one to one he's got full opinion," said Allen.
"I see him one day as a captain of this football club. He's got something about him.
"There's more grit to that boy than meets the eye."