It was one in and five out on Monday’s transfer deadline day for Everton, with Joshua King arriving from Bournemouth and Jonas Lossl, Cenk Tosun, Beni Baningime, Anthony Gordon and Jonjoe Kenny all departing.
Lossl, 32, was the only to leave for good, though; he returned to FC Midtjylland on a free transfer, while Tosun, Baningime, Gordon and Kenny were loaned to Besiktas, Derby, Preston and Celtic respectively.
After a busy final day of activity in the January transfer window, what does the outgoings mean for both Everton and the players themselves, then?
Where do they leave Everton?
With presumably a somewhat reduced wage bill, if only temporarily.
Letting Lossl go permanently was sensible from the club’s viewpoint even if he likely wasn’t on masses of money, given he is now third choice in goal and the club also have a bright prospect in Joao Virginia behind Jordan Pickford and Robin Olsen.
Assuming the fourth loanees have at least some of their salary covered by their new clubs, that plugs a small hole for Everton, at least for the time being.
Most felt disposable players, anyway - Carlo Ancelotti has opted to flog Dominic Calvert-Lewin or even Gylfi Sigurdsson deployed up front instead of Tosun, 29, who has rarely impressed in his three years at Goodison Park.
It’s a similar story for Kenny and Baningime - Ancelotti prioritised players like Mason Holgate, a natural centre-back, over Kenny, 23, at right-back, even when Seamus Coleman was injured. Baningime, 22, never got a look-in at all beyond making the bench during Project Restart last term, even when Everton’s midfield became painfully threadbare.
Perhaps the loan departure of Gordon was a bigger surprise given the 19-year-old has been more involved in the first team this term, though seven appearances all season suggests he is yet to be at the forefront of Ancelotti’s plans.
Where do they leave the players?
Lossl has the chance to simply play football again, having never made a senior appearance for Everton since joining in May 2019, and may help him in his cause to represent Denmark at this summer’s European Championships.
Tosun, Kenny and Baningime all seem unlikely to have futures at Everton, and with all three under contract at Goodison until June 2022, their loans potentially give them a chance to revive their careers and place themselves in the shop window.
Gordon’s loan is the most interesting - though clearly blessed with great potential, he has struggled to consistently make an impact when used by Ancelotti so far.
The gritter test of second-tier football with Preston should stand him in good stead, as it hopefully will with Jarrad Branthwaite at Blackburn, too.
However beneficial sporadic minutes in the Premier League may be for Gordon, more regular game time in an uncompromising division like the Championship will surely be more to his benefit, as he joins a Preston side 11th and six points off the play-offs.
Admittedly, these departures leave the squad a little depleted - Ancelotti already named only eight of a possible nine substitutes (two of whom were goalkeepers) for Saturday’s dismal defeat to Newcastle.
But none of these five were having a seismic impact on the first team at present, and their moves will both save Everton some money and give the players the football and, in some cases, the development they desperately need.