Sean Longstaff offered a timely reminder to Newcastle United of his value after netting an impressive opener against Watford.
The Magpies' winless run was extended at Vicarage Road as Ismaili Sarr levelled the encounter despite Steve Bruce's side creating the bulk of the chances.
For Longstaff, his fifth senior career goal will boost his confidence and offer leverage as he ponders his future beyond the end of the season.
The 23-year-old can start talking to foreign clubs from January with his current terms set to expire. This latest goal is a reminder of why Newcastle must address his contract.
Here's a full round-up of everything that's been said about Longstaff's future.
Steve Bruce has suggested Sean Longstaff's future now hinges on those above him at St James' Park.
Those talks have been on-off for the last couple of years with talk on Merseyside intensifying that Rafa Benitez will make a January move for the man he handed a Premier League debut to during his time at Newcastle.
When asked about Longstaff's future today Bruce told Chronicle Live: "There's nothing I can do with anybody that gets linked. Sean is playing very well at the moment. I have been very, very pleased with him.
"So as far as I am aware, the contract details, we understand, that is for other people to sort out. Not me. But he is playing very well which is important for Sean."
Everton eye 'cut-price' deal
Longstaff is on the radar of Everton, who could be reunited with Benitez in January.
The Blues have trimmed their wage bill amid Financial Fair Play concerns and that could allow them to sign the midfielder.
That's according to our sister title, the Liverpool Echo, who report that a swap deal involving Tom Davies had also been touted, though that now seems unlikely.
Longstaff price tag revealed
Longstaff can leave St James' Park for £10million in January, according to The Daily Mail.
With Newcastle keen to ensure they don't lose the midfielder for free, they could sanction a deal in January to avoid any such situation.
Southampton are namechecked, alongside Everton, as interested parties in the report.
Newcastle urged to sell Longstaff
Kevin Phillips believes Newcastle should cash in on Longstaff given his contract situation.
“It’s a lot of money for a player who hasn’t played an awful lot of games,” he told Football Insider. “£10million for Steve Bruce to strengthen another position in the squad – you’d get that deal done.
“Everton seem to be going down that British and English route with players like Andros Townsend and Demarai Gray. He’s got that relationship with Benitez as well. If you’re Newcastle – why not let the kid go?“