Mark Noble is happy to be the junior partner in West Ham United's new-look midfield.
Captain Scott Parker, 30, has been in sparkling form all season in the Hammers' engine room, earning a recall to the England squad.
Noble has been alongside Parker for most of the campaign, but Avram Grant's men have been given a major boost by Thomas Hitzlsperger's return to full fitness.
After signing from Lazio last summer the Germany international had to wait until February to make his West Ham debut due to a serious thigh injury.
The 28-year-old has slotted in seamlessly and helped the Hammers to their best run of the season, reaching the FA Cup quarter-finals while winning their last two Premier League games to revive their survival hopes.
Hitzlsperger's presence also seems to have brought the best out of Noble and Parker, and Noble is relishing playing alongside the experienced international duo.
"Obviously, I am still young - they are old!" he said.
"I'm learning things from them every day and I still want to learn and improve. Playing in the midfield at the moment is an absolute pleasure.
"The idea is to keep it as tight as we can. Play the ball when we can, pass it among ourselves and I think it is probably nice to watch at times."
The Hammers visit Stoke on Sunday hoping to book a place in the FA Cup semi-finals.