Everton announced Leon Osman had agreed a new one-year contract extension yesterday, a reward for the long-serving midfielder.
Osman has not been as important to the side under Roberto Martinez as he once was when David Moyes was manager, but set about showing why he was deserving of the new deal last night.
He scored the opener in Everton's 3-0 Europa League win over Lille, going on to play all 90 minutes in the victory.
Former opponent Jamie Carragher took to Twitter subsequently to suggest Everton got it wrong over his new contract, arguing he should have been offered a longer deal.
1 year deal? Give him 2! Osman like Danny Murphy at Lfc, not fully appreciated can play different positions get goals & grafts for the team.— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) November 6, 2014
Osman, 33, has only made three Premier League starts this season, and this was only his second in the Europa League.
On balance a one-year extension was probably the safest bet considering his age, as it gives Everton flexibility, especially if they make any new additions next summer which subsequently reduce his game time further.
Osman probably couldn't have asked for a better 24 hours, but whether his performance earns him any increased opportunities in the Premier League rests on the shoulders of manager Roberto Martinez.