The American midfielder scored a stoppage-time winner on his 20th birthday as Fulham came from behind to beat the Bluebirds 2-1 at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon.
Fulham midfielder Emerson Hyndman had a birthday to remember on Saturday as his stoppage-time strike secured Slavisa Jokanovic’s side a 2-1 comeback win over playoff-chasing Cardiff City at Craven Cottage.
Lex Immers' header gave Cardiff the lead four minutes before half-time but Fulham equalised mere seconds after the restart when Moussa Dembele teed up Scott Parker for his first goal of the season.
They had to wait until the 93rd-minute for the winner, however, with Hyndman lashing home his first-ever professional goal from close range after a scramble from a corner to secure the hosts all three points and move them 10 points clear of the relegation zone.
The 20-year-old American has struggled to break into the line-up this season, making only 12 Championship appearances, but manager Jokanovic had some high praise for him at the final whistle.
“Today is Emerson Hyndman's birthday,” the former Watford boss told the BBC. “It's a great present for himself and for all of us in the last moment of the game. He's probably one of the more talented players.
"I am little bit disappointed with myself that I haven't found more minutes for him this season. He probably needs to be a little bit stronger for the Championship. But he will be a very good footballer for us.”
Nonetheless, while Jokanovic may want Hyndman in his future plans, it currently looks unlikely that he will be at Craven Cottage next season.
The one-time capped US international is out of contract this summer, and having revealed earlier in the campaign that he was keen for a new challenge, talks over a potential extension have failed to get off the ground.
HITC reported in February that the highly-rated Texan was being tracked by some big clubs, including Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United, and performances like the one against Cardiff are sure to attract even more suitors.
That would certainly disappoint Fulham fans, who were quick to applaud his display on Twitter both during and after the match.
Good to see Hyndman starting, hopefully he continues to get gametime under Jokanovic. Could be the difference in him signing a new deal #FFC— Ad (@ABronsSmith) April 9, 2016
Emerson Hyndman may have scored the most important goal of Fulham's season today #USMNT— Kyle Bonn (@the_bonnfire) April 9, 2016
Deserved win. Second half only one team was going to win that. Hyndman mom even before the 94th minute winner #coyw— Alan Mills (@alanmplantpot) April 9, 2016
Best Fulham game i've been to this season. 3 wins in a row is incredible. Confident of next season. Can we please keep Hyndman? #FFC— AF (@AdamFarquharson) April 9, 2016