Ben Watson is not just an inspiration for those around him on the pitch at Nottingham Forest, he is also offering “life guidance” away from the field.
Which should come as no surprise.
If a challenge presents itself, then the experienced midfielder will face it head on.
He will get a foot in, claim possession and move things in a different direction.
All the while maintaining an air of composure and a sense of calm.
Things have not always been like this for him at the City Ground.
Questions have been asked of his value to the collective cause on a regular basis since arriving from Watford as a free agent in February 2018.
Aitor Karanka favoured him, and then didn’t.
Martin O’Neill did likewise.
Sabri Lamouchi has offered a clean slate and been rewarded for a brave summer selection call.
Watson has been showered with praise like never before.
He is a man reborn.
To highlight that point further, he has two goals to his name this season.
That return matches his personal best from across the last five years.
And there may be more to come, with a holding berth being vacated when the time is right to put himself in nosebleed territory in and around opposition penalty areas.
In the eyes of his manager, supporters and team-mates.
Matty Cash is among those embracing the presence of a wise, old head.
He has said in the Nottingham Post of a 34-year-old colleague: “He gives me life guidance really, about football as well. He’s a great character to have around.
“He’s lived and breathed footie. He’s been in plenty of situations so he helps me out.
“It’s not about going out and getting drunk! I’m not that player at all.”
Good to hear, Matty.
Keep yourself on the right flank and out of The Southbank!
Stay close to Watson too, as that approach appears to be serving you well so far.
Along with many of those around you.
Watson may not have been the obvious choice for a club talisman role at the start of the season but he has taken on that mantel, tackled it and run away with it.
He is shackling opponents, impressing fans and keeping team-mates out of the pub!