When Leeds signed Samuel Saiz from Huesca in the summer, the fact that he was handed a four-year deal - as reported by Sky Sports - was a clear sign from the Championship side that they were optimistic that the Spaniard would become a key player for the club.
However, Victor Orta would do well to convince fans that he always knew just how influential the playmaker would prove to be during his first few months at Elland Road.
A hat-trick on debut in the Carabao Cup was a sign of things to come, and after the win over Barnsley at the weekend, Saiz currently has nine goals in all competitions, while he has also provided four assists in the Championship.
The 26-year-old has undoubtedly been Leeds' talisman, even shining on the occasions when most of Thomas Christiansen's men have failed to turn up, so perhaps Leeds should consider rewarding the attacking midfielder by offering him a new contract.
He may have more than three and a half years left on his current deal, but it now seems inevitable that Leeds will have to respond to offers for the little magician at some stage in the future as he appears more than capable of playing at the highest level.
Rewarding him with better terms may help keep Saiz happy if other bids come in and that will undoubtedly strengthen Leeds' promotion hopes as he is the kind of player who is not made available that often, so replacing him if they do lose him at any stage will be a hugely difficult task.
And with it now clear just important Saiz is to Leeds, getting him to sign a new contract will send out a great statement that may perhaps help the club in the transfer market as potential targets will see that the intent from Leeds to keep their best players is there.
Leeds have watched a number of their best players run their contracts down until the club are forced into a decision in recent years. If this is a new era at Elland Road, it is surely time for the club to prove that they are being proactive when it comes to their best players.