It was a fairly quiet transfer deadline day for Everton overall, with no incomings and only a few minor outgoings.
The club failed to make a signing in January, but perhaps more crucially, manage to steer Idrissa Gueye clear of Paris Saint-Germain’s clutches, which seemed improbable only a couple of days ago.
How will today’s departures impact both on Everton and the players themselves?
Yannick Bolasie - joined Anderlecht on loan for rest of the season
Where it leaves Everton - with another high-earning outcast off the Toffee’s eye-watering wage bill, at least temporarily. Anderlecht are not expected to pay the entirety of Bolasie’s reported £75,000-per-week salary, but will certainly contribute to some of it (one-third, apparently).
With Silva seemingly unwilling to offer Bolasie another chance in Everton’s first team, it makes sense for the club to have him off the books for now, rather than let him fester at Finch Farm.
Everton have no chance of recouping the exorbitant figure they spent on Bolasie, but allowing him to play elsewhere for the rest of the season should at least mean they will receive a higher fee for him if and when they sell him, rather than if he continued to be starved of game time.
With two-and-a-half years left on Bolasie’s contract, finding a permanent suitor for a player nearing 30 will be no mean feat, but Everton stand a better chance of doing so this summer than if he had not been loaned out again.
Where it leaves Bolasie - with a chance to increase his match fitness and, if nothing else, to play football, which has never seemed on the cards for him at Everton during Silva’s tenure.
There is little animosity among Evertonians towards Bolasie, but he will likely become synonymous with the ill-fated, expensive reign of Steve Walsh as the club’s director of football.
Sickening injuries aside, he has lacked consistency throughout his time on Merseyside, with two goals in 32 Everton appearances telling its own story. Clearly, he has no future with the Blues by this point, not least due to fellow wingers Richarlison, Bernard and Ademola Lookman all impressing.
In all honesty, it seems sensible for both parties to part ways. If he can impress in Belgium, it may prove to be the catalyst for the resurrection his career so dearly needs.
Cuco Martina - joined Feyenoord on loan for rest of the season
Where it leaves Everton - with arguably a better chance of selling full-back in the summer, given that, unlike his loan deal at Stoke City, which was terminated today, this agreement contains an option for Feyenoord to buy Martina in the summer.
But having been sent away from first team training in pre-season, Martina was never going to feature under Silva. Really, it is a case of when, rather than if, the Curaçao international leaves Merseyside; he is another on bloated wages who the Toffees surely need to move on sooner rather than later.
Where it leaves Martina - in a similar position to Bolasie, in truth. Another who has no future beyond the summer at Goodison Park, it can only be beneficial for Martina to enjoy more minutes for the rest of this campaign, especially if he can convince Feyenoord to take option in his loan agreement to buy him at the end of the season.
With more than 100 Eredivisie appearances under his belt with RKC Waalwijk and FC Twente, it is another deal that seems best for all concerned.
Youngsters - out on loan
A number of Everton’s promising young talents were also loaned out on deadline day.
Anthony Evans moved to League One play-off chasers Blackpool, Beni Baningime joined Championship strugglers Wigan Athletic, who cancelled their loan deal for Callum Connolly so he could join Bolton Wanderers for the rest of the season.
Each member of the loaned-out trio has either trained with, or made their debut for, the senior squad, so evidently the club hold high hopes for each of them. Their respective moves should provide them with the game time they need to continue their development, which is far more productive than the far less competitive environment of the under-23s league, the Premier League 2.
Attacking midfielder Evans, 20, has three goals for David Unsworth’s under-23s this season, and having been loaned to League Two Morecambe previously, the move to the Seasiders should mark the next step in his progression.
Some have already earmarked Baningime, 20 as a midfield option for the first team, particularly if Idrissa Gueye’s move to Paris Saint-Germain had gone through.
While some may be disappointed he did not move to a club positioned better than the Latics, a relegation battle in a cut-throat league like the Championship should be an excellent barometer of his resilience and character, as well as his technical ability.
The same applies to Connolly, 21, who faces an uphill battle to help cash-strapped Bolton avoid the drop to League One. Having made his Everton debut almost three years ago, he will surely want to kick on at this point and prove he can cut it in the Toffees’ senior squad.