Jamaal Lascelles has suddenly become an important player for Newcastle this season despite concerns in the summer over whether he would feature in the best starting XI.
The club captain, a favourite with Rafa, had fans wondering if he has the quality in the top flight.
Yes he is still just 23, but that is the age a player either proves he has the ability ... or he doesn't.
Giving the centre-back a new improved long-term deal seems like a good move, but I believe, if Rafa packs his bags and leaves ... the skipper will too.
His man of the match display against Swansea is a level he should strive to meet every week and letting him know his important to Newcastle will help.
Some say Lascelles moving to a big club would boost any England chances ... but staying at Newcastle is where he wants to be.