Luton Town have been one of the surprise packages in League One, coming from a worrying start to take the division by storm.
Unless they suffer a horrible collapse now, they’re going to be a Championship side next season, just 12 months after finishing second in League Two.
It’s a testament to the hard work put in not only by Nathan Jones, but his replacement Mick Harford, who has kept them on course despite the upheaval of losing their manager.
They’ll begin planning in earnest for the new season but one player needs tying down to a new deal as soon as possible.
Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu joined the Hatters whilst they were a non-league team, coming from the West Ham youth ranks. He wasn’t even a first team regular during the League Two promotion campaign, but he’s thrived this season.
He’s the only player to remain ever-present in the league this season and has shown flexibility in switching roles when needed.
He’s grown into a fine footballer and has been as crucial to the Hatters rise as defensive pairing Matt Pearson and Sonny Bradley, as well as leading scorer James Collins.
Whilst the Republic of Ireland striker wins awards for his goals, the midfield dynamo has helped keep the side ticking over in every single league match. He’s shown he has real spirit and conviction in his role, never one to shirk the dirty work but also creative and forward thinking.
He’s currently tied to a deal which will keep him at the club until the summer of 2020, but if he keeps developing at the same rate as he has this season, he’s going to be hot property.
When the vultures start circling and big clubs get mentioned, it might be hard to keep their star midfielder grounded and committed.
We’ve seen the likes of Bradley Dack and Nick Powell leave League One and become players with big price tags on their head, Mpanzu could be the same. At just 25-years-old he has his best football ahead of him and if the Hatters want to show some real forward thinking, they need to tie him down to a longer deal.