Not many people would have expected Jean Michaël Seri to have been a regular for Fulham this season.
Seri joined Fulham for a club-record fee of £25m in the summer of 2018, but has struggled to impress during his time at Craven Cottage.
Following relegation from the Premier League in 2018/19, the Ivorian moved on loan to Galatasaray with his future looking uncertain.
Last season, having failed to feature regularly under Scott Parker, Seri joined Bordeaux in January on loan until the end of the campaign.
But under Marco Silva, Seri has turned things around, emerging as a key player for the Cottagers as they look to make an immediate return to the Premier League.
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With his deal at Craven Cottage set to expire at the end of the season, could he now actually earn himself an extended stay in London?
What do we know so far?
Seri has been a regular under Silva so far this season, making 10 appearances in the Championship. Only one of those appearances have come as a substitute, with the midfielder registering two assists.
It is a surprising turn of events for the 30-year-old, who never looked willing to fight for his place in the Championship before now.
Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa departed on loan in the summer, and it looked as if Seri would follow suit due to his likely high wages.
But that has not been the case, and Seri has kept his head down, worked hard and earned himself a regular starting berth for the Cottagers.
Is a new deal likely to happen?
A lot depends on whether Fulham win promotion this season or not. Another season in the Championship would leave it unlikely.
As alluded to before, Seri is likely to be on high wages at Craven Cottage given how big of a transfer fee he arrived for three years ago.
Would Fulham be able to afford to renew Seri’s deal if they stay in the Championship, when normally, cutting costs would be seen as the priority?
Of course, in January, with six months left on his deal, Seri would be able to discuss terms with another club and potentially join another club on a pre-contract agreement.