Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Joey Pelupessy is giving the club an unexpected headache following his current form and pending contract expiry this coming summer.
Pelupessy joined the Owls back in 2018 on a three-and-a-half year deal.
The Dutchman was former boss Jos Luhukay’s first signing in charge of Wednesday, and he has since made over 100 appearances for the club in all competitions.
But with Pelupessy’s contract expiring, many expected this will be his last season at Hillsborough.
In truth, the 27-year-old hasn’t had the best of campaigns this term.
Pelupessy has made 18 Championship starts and a further 13 appearances off the bench as he struggled for consistency under sacked managers Garry Monk and Tony Pulis.
The midfielder’s form under Darren Moore, however, paints a different picture.
Pelupessy was arguably one of the best players on the pitch in the slim 2-1 defeat to Championship leaders Norwich City, racking up a team-high five tackles.
The former Heracles man followed that up with a decent display against Huddersfield Town, before helping the Owls end their winless run with victory at Yorkshire rivals Barnsley.
In another tough game at high-flying Watford on Friday, Pelupessy was again a standout for the Owls before he came off for Liam Palmer with the Owls chasing an equaliser.
His form prompts the question whether the club should now seek to retain him.
Darren Moore is getting a tune out of him. In fact, there seems to be a stark improvement from several first team players since Moore moved to Wednesday from Doncaster Rovers.
The potential relegation to League One would likely see a shake-up, but with Pelupessy aged 27, there could still be time for him to prove his worth at Hillsborough.