Leon Osman put pen-to-paper yesterday, signing a new one-year extension to his contract, which will see him remain at Everton until the end of the 2015-16 season.
The 33-year-old academy graduate, who enjoyed loan spells at Derby County and Carlisle United early in his career, has played nearly 400 first-team games for the Toffees, netting 54 goals in the process.
Osman's contract was due to run out at the end of the season, however, Roberto Martinez saw enough in the legs of the central midfielder to offer him a new deal.
Last season, despite the emergence of Ross Barkley, Martinez persevered with the use of Osman and played him in every Premier League game. The diminutive midfielder was also rewarded at the end of the campaign with a testimonial for his years of service to the club.
This season, the experienced midfielder has had to take a more backseat role at the club and has only featured in six Premier League games; three off the bench, three from the start.
Nevertheless, after the news over his contract extension broke, Everton fans took to Twitter to vent their frustration at the long-serving midfielder, with many claiming he was finished.
Osman has just been given a new contract... pic.twitter.com/D28JB43ya2— EFC Stats (@EFCStats) November 6, 2014
Leon Osman has signed a one-year contract extension. He had the chance to pass it up but missed it.— In the Gheto'o (@ViewFromGwladys) November 6, 2014
At what other club with aspirations of the champions league & beyond would a player like Osman in the state he's in get a contract extension— Mark Ellis (@Markthablue) November 6, 2014
@GregOK this is the first action that roberto had taken that I outright disagree with. Unless it's for transfer fee purposes— Dave (@BigDave1878) November 6, 2014
Throwing money away giving the likes of Osman a new contract. We'll never take the next step relying on players like hum in the squad.— Mick EFC (@TheToffees1878) November 6, 2014
Osman signs contract extension— CHRIS EFC (@chrisefc7) November 6, 2014
Leon Osman answered his critics hours after signing his new deal by netting the opener and playing the full game in their Europa League match with Lille.
Everton went on to beat the French side 3-0, with Naismith and Jagielka joining Osman on the scoresheet.
The pro-Osman supporters on Twitter cited the goal as evidence that the 33-year-old still offers the club something, while others believe took the stance 'one swallow doesn't make a summer':
Funny how those slating Osman and his new contract have now started singing his praises. Back the players regardless don't be a kopite.— Paul Ellis (@Paul_Ellis147) November 7, 2014
@wappo1878 All players can be fallible, last night showed he still offers something & gives us depth. Whilst he's a blue, get behind him.— Paul Ellis (@Paul_Ellis147) November 7, 2014
Never doubted Osman what a player made up he signed a new contract— Eto'o (@GwladysStreet2) November 6, 2014
Wer r the osman haters now?? Great finish last night and the manager has give him a new contract! #cantbethatbad— andy holland (@HollandAw) November 7, 2014
Osman has been piss poor all season, but now cos he has scored a goal, all the old cliches come out about what a great servant he is. Unreal— EFC People's Group (@ThePeoplesGroup) November 7, 2014
@ThePeoplesGroup ^^same. Seems to need about 10 minutes to get a pass away!— Ben Melvin (@Ben_Melvin87) November 7, 2014
@ThePeoplesGroup idiots! He is perfect for games like that - well in Ossie!Keep on going lad deserved contract extension 399 games n countin— Stuart Mackinnon (@Slicemaster69) November 7, 2014