When West Brom landed Gareth Barry from Everton in the summer, it certainly appeared to be something of a coup for the Baggies with the midfielder arguably one of the most consistent performers in the Premier League over the last two decades.
And at 36, Barry undoubtedly deserves a huge amount of praise for having featured in 23 of West Brom's 26 top flight games this term. But, while Alan Pardew's men have a relegation scrap to fight in the coming months, the former England international may have one eye on the summer.
The Express and Star recently reported that Barry is out of contract at the end of the season, and he may perhaps be beginning to wonder what the future may hold for him.
With Grzegorz Krychowiak only on a season-long loan at The Hawthorns, it may be tempting for the club to look at renewing the deal before the run-in to try and ensure that they have Barry around regardless of what division they are playing in next season.
However, it may be worth the club taking a gamble and making it clear to Barry that he needs to step his game up if he wants to earn fresh terms, in the hope that it motivates him to rediscover some better form.
While most 36-year-old's who are still playing would be happy with the form that the midfielder is currently showing, Barry has arguably set the bar a lot higher during the more recent years of his career, and Pardew desperately needs that player to come to the fore as they look to beat the drop.
If Barry does not manage to step his game up in the coming months, West Brom should arguably consider letting his deal expire and looking to some of the more talented youngsters who are currently looking to make the grade, like Sam Field.