Despite still playing for the territorial bragging rights that would accompany finishing above Liverpool in the table, a lot of the excitement around Everton's season ended after the deflating FA Cup semifinal defeat to Liverpool at Wembley.
With this Premier League campaign almost in the books already, David Moyes has been quick to go on record and state how he would like to conduct his transfer business early this summer, so any new recruits have sufficient time to acclimatise to the club's ethos.
This is a stance many sides will surely adopt, with preseason schedules likely to be severely disrupted by Euro 2012 and the Olympics. Managers will want to act swiftly, as some (Chelsea and Arsenal) already seem to be doing.
For Everton, this depends entirely on how much money can be eked out of the club's notoriously stretched bank balance, guarded by some increasingly antsy bank managers.
Whether money is extracted, raised through the sales of current squad members, or if Moyes is simply forced to look for cut-price deals and free agents, the Toffees will undoubtedly need to look at several wide players.
A trio of loan acquisitions—Steven Pienaar, Royston Drenthe and Landon Donovan—have occupied the wider zones for much of the season. At other times it has been Leon Osman or Seamus Coleman who have filled the gaps, both arguably more suited in alternate positions.
Wide, creative players will surely have to be on David Moyes' agenda, as well as perhaps another striker.
Here is a look at some early targets Everton's manager may well be casting his eye over, all of whom would not leave the club drastically out of pocket.