There is no doubt that Newcastle United midfielder Mo Diame has completely upped his game of late as Rafa Benitez looks for a man to grab the Toon by the scruff of the neck in their fight against relegation.
The 30-year-old has arguably become the Magpies' first-choice central midfielder of late, starring in the Toon's recent matches as Benitez manages to keep his side afloat of the bottom three - just.
He has started seven of Newcastle's last eight Premier League games, being left on the bench against Brighton after working his socks off during a 90-minute performance against Manchester City just three days before.
He has found the back of the net on two occasions during that time, scoring one of Newcastle's three against West Ham and losing his marker at Selhurst Park to tap in at the back post on Sunday afternoon.
The Senegal international's increased confidence is showing in his performances on the pitch but with just 18 months remaining on his current St. James' Park contract, surely it is time for a new deal?
The Daily Star claim Diame is earning £45,000 a week at St. James' Park but will be in the final year of the three-year contract that he signed in the summer of 2016, when moving north from Hull City.
Diame is expected to start on Sunday afternoon as the Toon face Manchester United at home, and if the former Hull City midfielder can shine against Jose Mourinho's side then surely he warrants a new deal.