Tyrone Mings is a natural replacement as Aston Villa captain while Jack Grealish is sidelined, according to Alan Hutton.
The former Holte End favourite, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the centre-back was a big character and expects him to take the armband against Leeds.
Mings, 27, wore the armband against Leicester City on Sunday as Grealish sat out with a leg injury.
BBC Sport report Grealish may be out for up to a month, although Dean Smith is optimistic he could return sooner rather than later.
With Mings likely to be wearing the armband once again against Leeds United this weekend, Hutton insisted his old teammate would rise to the occasion.
Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “He’s a natural leader, you can see that from a mile off.
“I think a lot of fans and people that don’t know will have seen that during the time with the fans not being there – you can hear him, he’s very vocal, likes to organise the back four.
“Just in general, as a man within the changing room, he was always a leading voice. If there was a problem you could always speak to him, he could go speak to the manager, he’s got good relationships with everybody so that was an obvious choice for me.”
Mings has played 23 times across all competitions and has failed to start just one league game this season.
Meanwhile, Grealish saw a run of 48 consecutive Premier League starts ended by his injury blow.
In other news, Hutton has been left stunned by “crazy” Aston Villa development.