Bryan Robson could make Curtis Davies club captain at West Brom, in a bid to ward off interest from Arsenal.
Davies has created a favourable impression since moving to The Hawthorns in a £3 million switch from Luton Town last August.
He has quickly settled into Premiership life and his displays have not escaped the attention of other top-flight sides.
Reports have suggested that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is planning a £5 million summer bid for the 20-year-old.
But Wenger's West Brom counterpart Robson is determined to retain the promising centre half and may appoint Davies skipper.
Though Davies has occasionally sported the captain's armband this season, Robson has yet to name a long-term successor to Darren Moore in the role.
Robson - formerly Manchester United's 'Captain Marvel' - believes the Premiership rookie has the credentials to be a Baggies leader and the move could help to keep Arsenal's interest at bay.
"Curtis has got all the qualities to be captain of this club for a very long time to come," said Robson.
"If he carries on working at his game and improving, he can develop into a really top player."