Is it sad that I actually like Prodigy now that he’s depowered? I mean…he’s pretty much one of THE deadliest people in the Marvel Universe thanks to remembering everything he learned and absorbed when he did have his abilities. And Marvel put him on Young Avenger…but he’s not the leader. wth? Leadership skills. Martial Abilities and experience of Logan(one of the few on Shang Chi’s level actually), and as smart as Beast. And he’s a lacky? Come on, bro. Just put him on the Avengers at least and call it a day. Or give him and Tommy their own comics and call it a day.
1. Even in the New Mutants, David didn’t want to be the leader. It took a lot for them to convince him to even co-lead. Throw in him being demotivated by AvX and some X-Men events that predated it and you get him having zero reason to be the actual leader in YA.
2. He’s a late-joiner, someone the rest of the team doesn’t know, not even Loki. Sure, Teddy and Billy might fanboy enough to accept it but the rest of them would have no reason to listen to David. It takes more than the guy having the necessary skills - it takes the rest of them trusting him with their lives. That’s what being a leader is all about and that’s why Eli was the leader of the YA - they refused to have anyone else and chased him even when he left the team. David’s not there yet, by a long-shot.
3. Calling him a lacky is taking it too far. To begin with the current group doesn’t really have a leader. They’re bunched together due to circumstances but it’s hard to call even Loki a leader - they listen to whomever’s call sounds the most logical at the time, so David is effective-leader quite a few times. He manages to give reasons that sway everyone because he is smart, showing us he’s still the same guy out on the field as he always was - smartest guy in the room.
1. Character development. There’s been several stories where the leader didn’t want to be the leader but eventually stepped up because they had to.
2. How long was it before Kate was pretty much co-leader beside Eli in the first YA?
3. Which is exactly why he would step up to become that leader. You just said they listen to David quite a few times and he’s only been in a few books, so naturally it’s only fitters have him accept his role as the actual leader.