Always thought he was a verybtidy controlling number 6 who has an excellent eye for ampass to break a press but I agree it was hismperformance against Everton that decided for memthat he can handle the Premier League as I thought bothe he and Lallana were outstanding in that game.His performance alongside Lallana in the Everton (?) game was one of the best of a non-established youth team player Ive seen in years. It wasnt just that he was good, but it was how authoritative he was and how much responsibility he took. Small sample size, but it was a good indication that he has a role to play. In a year in which we may be forced to make no new signings keeping him on for another year seems like the best course of action, even if we have to make promises to him to give him a way out the following year. 5 year contract (for protection) on a substantial raise with the intention of using him for 1 year, and if he doesnt genuinely break through we make it easy for him to leave next summer.
Hope he stays and is given chances.