Sami Hyypia felt vindicated in his decision to hand Lewis Dunk the captain’s armband for Brighton & Hove Albion's match against Fulham on Saturday.
Dunk stepped up in the absence of Gordon Greer and the Albion boss believes that the 22-year-old has a very bright future in the game.
He told seagulls.co.uk, “With Gordon Greer ruled out and Greg Halford on the bench, I was thinking that Bruno would be the next senior player who could be a good captain.
“I then spoke with Bruno to explain why I decided to let Dunky have the armband.
“He has done well this season and I hope that being captain will lift him to the next level. He is still a young player, but is very capable and there is still more to come from him.
“He leads by example more than being the loudest in the dressing room.”
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The Finn also says that Dunk has not been fazed by the extra responsibility and is confident he can maintain a high level of performance throughout the season.
“After seeing the way he played on Saturday, I can see that being captain has not messed his game up.
“There is always a risk that if you put a young player as captain, he will change what he has been doing all season.
“That was a concern of mine, but he proved that he can perform well with the armband as well. He has all the attributes needed to step up to the next level.”