Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has urged midfielder Steven Pienaar to return to the club after his loan spell ended.
The South African has spent the second half of the season at the Toffees after leaving the club to join Tottenham in January 2011.
Since returning to Goodison Park, he and Everton have been in strong form, having lost just two Premier League games.
Pienaar scored some crucial goals along the way, including netting against Chelsea in a 2-0 win in February before scoring a crucial goal in the title race in the 4-4 draw with Manchester United.
The midfielder did not have many first-team opportunities at Tottenham before leaving White Hart Lane and may struggle to break into their team again next season.
Howard, who has been with David Moyes' side since 2007, believes it would be beneficial for both the player and the club for Pienaar to stay in Merseyside.
He told the Liverpool Echo: "We've got to get Steven back. This is his home, and second time around, you really feel that.
"They (the players) have handcuffed him to the showers.
"He's not going back down to London. We tease Steven all the time. He has to stay at Everton. This is his home. He knows it, we know it.
"Hopefully the business side of things can get ironed out and he can be back."
Everton's ruthless form in 2012 saw them finish seventh in the Premier League, four points above near-neighbours Liverpool.
It is in stark contrast to their early season form, which saw them sat in 16th place, just four points above the relegation zone at the end of October.
With the club aiming to push for Europe next season, Howard feels as though the club need to bulk up the squad for the new campaign.
He said: "We're probably a couple of players away, but I'm sure every team will be saying that.
"Newcastle have done that. They have five or six guys in attack that can scare the life out of you.
"Seventh is good and we need to finish higher, but from where we were, we can feel proud of ourselves.
"We've shown that we've got it in us if we keep our foot on the gas for the whole season. I think we can do some really good things and everyone's optimistic at this point."