There is a belief in professional football that strikers don't make good captains because they spend more time thinking about their own goal bonuses than they do the rest of the team.
But having bestowed the honour upon Kevin Campbell, West Bromwich Albion manager Bryan Robson clearly does not agree - quite the opposite in fact.
Robson last night hailed the energising effect the former Everton man has had on his squad, improving team morale off the pitch and scoring a few important goals on it and helping the Baggies mount something of a mini-revival.
The 35- year- old has started six Premiership matches since arriving from Goodison Park in the January transfer window and while his goals have been a crucial addition - Albion have not lost any of the three games he has scored in - his leadership skills could be even more so.
"His character not just on the football pitch but around the training ground is excellent," said Robson, whose team is in a much better frame of mind after Sunday's restorative 2-0 win over local rivals Birmingham City.
"The way he gets on with players and his banter has been excellent from the moment he walked through the door.
"That's important for a captain to show good character away from the football side and get on well with the players."
Of the three players Robson brought in during the window, two have made a telling impact, Campbell and winger Keiran Richardson, while a third, Richard Chaplow, is thought of as one for the future.
Robson said: "I think Campbell and Richardson have made a bit of a difference. Richardson's pace and energy and quality on the ball has been very good.
"He has been a goal threat and Kevin's experience and the way he leads the line is a good example to everybody. That's why we have maybe had a bit of an improvement."
Everything seems a bit brighter now, even the midweek results appear to have gone in Robson's favour.
It hasn't happened many times this season but the former Manchester United man got his wish on Tuesday night, as the New Money of west London reached the last eight of the Champions League.
It's been a few years since Robson has had more than a passing interest in Europe's most prestigious competition but watching Chelsea outlast Barcelona for a thrilling 5-4 aggregate victory warmed him. Not because there's any prospect of him becoming Jose Mourinho's latest midfield acquisition but due to the slightly optimistic logic that progress on one front might impair Chelsea's advancement on another.
Robson is hoping that the league leaders will work to a policy of 'bigger fish to fry' and forget about next week's Premiership meeting with Albion.
At Stamford Bridge blue might be the colour but April is definitely the month since it brings Roman Abramovich's men to within touching distance of the title. With a Champions' League quarterfinal to be decided and matches with Manchester United and Arsenal in the space of eight days, little old Albion might just slip through the net.
"They are still in the Champions' League and their minds could actually be on that," Robson said. "For me they have more or less won
the league. They have lost only once all season, they are not going to lose four games.
"You hope sometimes they go in with that approach, they have us next, they have a nice cushion and if they don't beat us then they still have a nice cushion."
But realistically Robson will know that Chelsea will be playing in front of their home fans for the first time since Tuesday night's remarkable triumph with a chance to open up an 11-point lead in the
Premiership. Robson said: "It is a game for me that our lads, off the back of our game against Birmingham, can go and enjoy. They can go and give it a shot and enjoy it because no one expects us to win in the whole country. Sometimes I think that is a great way of going into the game when people totally write you off. As long as our players have a belief that something can happen then you can turn a team over."
That may be a possibility
but not a probability although he draws hope from the last time Albion went to the capital to play one of its top sides. They drew 1-1 at Highbury and might have taken all three points.
"I'm sure we'll give Chelsea a really tough game," Robson said. "Our game at Arsenal is the type of performances we need away from home. We haven't won away yet but sooner or later, if we keep playing the way we are playing, we will get a break."