Grant McCann believes midfielder George Honeyman epitomises what his Hull City team is about.
The 26-year-old has played an instrumental role in the Tigers’ perfect start to life in League One, scoring one goal and providing three assists.
He set up both goals in the opening-day win at Gillingham and created another at Northampton before netting himself in another 2-0 victory.
The ex-Sunderland man captained the side at Sixfields, and the boss says giving him the armband was just reward for his performances.
“George has been outstanding,” said McCann. “He’s been outstanding since we came back from lockdown – the last nine games (of last season) he was outstanding and he’s taken that into this season.
“He epitomises everything we’re about: hard work, energy, aggression to get after the ball and get it back. At the minute, he’s creating and scoring goals as well.
“I’ve been really, really pleased with George. Last week, I gave him the captain’s armband because of the way he’s performing.”
McCann will be hoping for more of the same from Honeyman when newly-promoted Plymouth Argyle visit the KCOM Stadium tomorrow.
The Pilgrims remain unbeaten, with one win and two draws from their opening three fixtures, and McCann is expecting another tricky test.
“They’re a good footballing team,” he added. “It will be a different game to what we saw last week against Northampton.
“They want to play. They want to get the ball down. They want to play in between you, switch the play and get their wing-backs on the ball.
“The manager got Bury promoted and he’s gone and got promoted again at Plymouth.
“They’ve got good players; Conor Grant in midfield, Danny Mayor is a very good player, Frank Nouble and people like that can hurt you.
“We’ve got to guard against that. But we’ve also got to make sure we understand the areas we feel we can hurt them.”