Jack Grealish was subject of one of the transfer sagas of the summer with his on and off move to Tottenham Hotspur.
The 23-year-old was on the verge of leaving the Championship club with Villa in financial ruin before new investment meant he was no longer needed to be a martyr for their money worries.
But having signed a new deal, his worries of a move should be long out of his head – or are they.
Grealish must surely have in the back of his head that a move away could be a possibility in the summer, despite the improved deal.
And he could well be forgiven for thinking about his future considering Villa’s poor run of form has seen their chances of making a play-off place look more remote as the weeks go on.
The attacker has been out injured and his time out of the side has coincided with the decline in results.
So Grealish needs to be thinking about what is best for him.
Villa is his club, but he seemed to have his heart set on a move to the capital, and that won’t just go away because he got a nice little pay rise to stay with the club.
Dean Smith will know the deal will buy them a little more time before the big guns circle once more.
But Grealish can’t sit on his laurels and expect a move to appear out of thin air.
Rather than playing the waiting game, he will need to be proactive and play his way into a move once he returns to the team.
If Spurs reignite their interest, the attacker needs to have a back catalogue of impressive performances for the Premier League club to want to have another look at him.
And that, in turn, will aid Villa’s plight, as if he is on top form, the Championship club’s results should improve, and his stock rises even more to a level it had never previously been at.
His return should be used as a catalyst to get Spurs reinvested into snapping up the Villa talisman in the summer.