Marcelino told Revista that Mauricio Pellegrino's fine attention to detail will serve Valencia well next season.
The Argentine has penned a two-year deal to succeed outgoing Mestalla boss Unai Emery and will return to the club he played in defence for between 1999-2005.
Ex-Newcastle and Mallorca centre-back Marcelino knows Pellegrino, who served as assistant boss to Rafael Benitez at both Liverpool and Inter Milan, well.
And he expects the 40-year-old to impress in his maiden managerial role.
"He is one of those young managers who has been given the chance in Spain; it was Pep Guardiola four years ago when he had only been with the Barcelona B team," said Marcelino.
"Pellegrino might be another one; he looks a bright guy, he has the curiosity about the little details, and he puts everything into questions and will argue with you until he wins with his own ideas.
"He has worked under Benitez, has gained experience, and will probably be a big surprise for the Valencia supporters next year."
Emery, meanwhile, has exited Valencia despite guiding the club to third spot in La Liga and to the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey and the Europa League.
Revista pundit Guillem Balague expects the ex-Almeria boss to be managing in Russia next term, but says he would relish the opportunity to test his credentials in England.
"He has got a three-year contract with Spartak Moscow on the table and will probably accept it," Balague said of Emery, who spent four years at the Mestalla.
"But I think he has got the dream of coming to the Premier League, the Championship or the Italian league, as he feels that in Russia you are sometimes off the radar."